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Bespoke Letterpress Christmas Shop is Open…

Bespoke Letterpress
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Following on from yesterday’s post on ‘Modern Day Snail Mail’ – and, my pledge to make the time to handwrite more often in this modern, digitised world we now text in; it seems timely that today I bring you the very lovely Bespoke Letterpress (and news that their Christmas Shop is now open for business…)

I’m the proof – you can’t throw away tradition. (Vivienne Westwood)

Lovely letterpress printing is a form of relief printing and was first invented by Johannes Gutenberg way, way back in about 1439.  For the longest time – or, until the 19th century at least, it was considered the norm in terms of printing.  Then, offset printing was introduced and the craft of letterpress was moved aside for the more efficient ‘modern’ way of printing…

More recently, like many arts and crafts of old, letterpress printing has seen a renaissance. Happily so, I say.

I first discovered the particular old-meets-new charm of Bespoke Letterpress a couple of years ago – I think it was at the Powerhouse Museum’s Young Blood Designers Market. I’ve long enjoyed the old-fashioned craftsmanship of letterpress, but the Bespoke stand jumped out at me because of a print they had developed around ‘Love you the longest time‘.

My sister has signed off both telephone conversations and letters to me with, “Love you long time”, for as long as I can remember. So, of course, I had to get this for her…

Love you the longest of time by Bespoke Letterpress
Love you the longest of time by Bespoke Letterpress
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I think I may have mentioned my slightly anal habit of selecting a themed, matched Christmas wrapping style each year. I’m seriously considering the Bespoke double-sided wrap for 2013. The big question is, do I go with the Nordic/Confetti option oor the Holly/Stars…? What do you think?

Nordic Confetti

Nordic/Confetti double sided wrapping paper
Nordic/Confetti double-sided wrapping paper
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Holly Stars Double sided wrapping paper

Holly/Stars double sided wrapping paper
Holly/Stars double-sided wrapping paper
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Of course, that would mean I’d have to go the whole hog with gift tags and red and white striped ribbon, too…

Bespoke Letterpress Gift Tag and Ribbon
Bespoke Letterpress Gift Tag and Ribbon
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Do go and check out the Bespoke Letterpress Christmas shop – it’s quite gorgeous. You can find the beautiful double-sided wrap and much more…

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Comments (11)

You could wrap just about anything in that paper and ribbon and it would be exciting. Even socks and jocks !

You may regret saying that…

Gorgeous paper!! I will definitely check it out. 🙂

Isn’t it beautiful? And, Bespoke are based in Bowral, so local…

Now this is right up my street, TSL (not literally as I don’t live in Bowral, but you already know that). I am a stationery and gifting addict, so this is a heavenly post for me…oh and I also adore Christmas, so this is pretty much as O for Oarsome as it gets, my friend! I love these guys and the simple goodness of their work. Hooray for the old school, I say! 🙂

Hey lovely Sparks – you settling back in slowly, my friend?

My daughter is a graphic designer tech wiz by day and a letter-pressing, typing zinester by night. I just love the holly long time by far. Cheers

I am completely unsurprised that you have a creatively talented daughter….

I think I would have to go with the holly, though it’s a tough choice. Very lovely!

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