Letterpress Collaboration with Mitsushige Nishiwaki

I started letterpress printing in 1999 and my interest at the time was to collaborate with artist friends to print editions. I wanted to use the medium to produce and share work that I found captivating. We have worked on many inspiring projects over the last fifteen years, translating great images into letterpress prints. When I saw the work of Mitsushige Nishiwaki, I felt immediately compelled to "share" his work, not just in the social media sharing sense.

Mitsushige Nishiwaki is an etching artist based in Tokyo.  We have corresponded over the years and I fell in love with his illustrations from a recent trip to New York City.  He draws the grandeur of the buildings, the charm of the shops (in great detail), a little street vendor grittiness along with coffee and donuts.  He captures the small and the big moments of life in NYC in a really special way. 

Being based in Brooklyn and loving all of it's patisseries, we selected Nishiwaki's "Brooklyn Donut Shop" to reproduce as a limited edition print. We're publishing this as an edition of 40, letterpress printed on archival paper with watercolor hand coloring. We love the odd perspective and scale and the way this cheers up our kitchen in the morning.

We think art should be for display and for sharing so in tangent with this print, we're also introducing a set of New York City note cards. These are sold in sets of 8 (2 each of 4 designs). We hope people enjoy Mitsisghige Nishiwaki's work as much as we do and we look forward to sharing more collaborations in the upcoming year!

Hand-lettered gorgeousness!

Sometimes we open our inbox and our hearts just skip a beat. When Andrew Tobin sent us his wedding invitation designs, we were blown away. The hand-lettering is so unusual and lovely and those hits of chartreuse ink take our breath away:

We could not wait to print these. It really is so inspiring to us to see the work of other designers and it constantly gives us new ideas for layouts and techniques.

Plus, any excuse to ink the press with that gorgeous bright yellow-y green:

Here's one more quick close-up of the printing to show the gorgeous impression and the blast of color:

All of these designs are courtesy of the extremely talented groom. You can check out his other fantastic work at www.theandrewtobin.com