Pomegranate Letterpress + Design is a genuine letterpress print and design studio based in Oakville, ON Canada.
We offer quality, hand-cranked letterpress printing mixed with our brand of design. Our work is a blend of olde-fashioned sensibility, craftsmanship and artisanship with modern design, newfangled technology and new printing techniques.
One print at a time is our contribution to the slow movement. Each of our creations is hand-crafted on our hand-cranked presses. Depending on the size of the piece, we’ll use our Chandler & Price Pilot (C&P) press or Vandercook SP15 (“Vandy”). And we print in limited quantities of 50-200.
Letterpress is a printing method with a long and rich tradition. Unlike offset and laser printing, letterpress is a relief printing process so, if you want, you can actually feel the pressed artwork in the paper. Deep impression is not something printers wanted to achieve in the past and in fact it was considering bad printing form to have any impression at all. Today, it’s one of the main reasons that people love letterpress.
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Eco-friendly, Green, Earth-friendly or Sustainable, what does it all mean?
This is a big topic for a little company to tackle. From our point of view, we started off just being Green, but began to realize that we are more than that. Sure we are using resources and we do our best to research and choose products that will have the lowest impact on the environment. You can read more about our favourite inks and paper, down below. Printing in small runs means we are not printing more than we pressneed. We don’t print extras to keep as samples. We use any off-cut paper for things like gift tags, business cards and test prints. And all of our goods can be recycled themselves and put back into the production loop. Our goal in to lessen our environmental impact, provide a quality service and run a fun business.
Sustainability means living in a way that will create a future for all people to flourish while keeping the planet balanced and healthy. We realize economic activity is neccessary, as well as the use of natural resources to produce goods. However, our actions should not deplete resources for future generations. Always striving to source better materials and production methods is our ultimate goal. We try, we really do.
We’ve chosen the innovative Caligo Safe-Wash inks for our studio which are Linseed oil-based. The inks safely and easily wash away with soap and water alone. Linseed oil is produced from one of the oldest fibre crops – Flax. Unlike most inks, Caligo inks contain no heavy metals, have low VOC’s, and are AP Certified as non-toxic.
We are constantly searching for papers that maximize the recycled content and give preference to Certified Processed Chlorine Free paper (PCF). Whenever possible, we source Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) paper. We have also tested other non-tree paper but we have to ensure they work well with our inks.
It’s difficult to find paper for letterpress that fits all these criteria and in smaller quantities for craft printers. We use Neenah Classic Crest, which is manufactured Carbon Neutral and is Green-e certified. We also love using Saint-Armand, Crane Lettra, Mohawk Strathmore and Reich Savoy Cotton papers for texture and richness. Now we realize cotton is not the best eco-crop, but before you discount it, keep in mind that fibres can come from reusing textile cuttings and cotton ginning waste.