Welcome to my new blog!
A brief introduction -- I "discovered" letterpress (like many people recently) while planning my wedding in 2008. I was doing a lot of DIY crafting for the wedding and when I saw all of the gorgeous letterpress invitations I was inspired, did a lot of research, and decided to try to learn how to do it myself. I was living in the San Francisco Bay Area at the time and over the next year I took three classes at the wonderful San Francisco Center for the Book. It was love at first print.
I quickly bought a Kelsey 5x8 tabletop press and printed a couple of small pieces for my wedding (not the invitations, though; those were printed on a Print Gocco) but soon my attention was focused on something bigger... my husband got a new job and we had to start planning a trans-atlantic move to London! A year on, and that move is complete (with our dog and 2 big crates of belongings, including the Kelsey, safely making the journey). We're settled into our new flat and I've just made one of the biggest purchases of my life, an Arab Foolscap (9" x 13" chase) letterpress.
I'm planning to use this blog to document the process of cleaning and readying the press for printing, finding printing supplies/resources in the UK, and as a journal of my progress in learning how to use this big beast of a machine. Enjoy!