Federico Demartini

Creativity is not useful, it’s fundamental

How long have you been printing?

I think it was 2013. But I cannot remember, I visited workshops for years so I cannot say when the was the first time a I did something with my own hands.

Describe your first encounter with letterpress

It was during a Christmas Market in Milan. Fabrizio and Alessandro from Officina Novepunti were proposing amazing posters for cheap and I felt good vibes.... for gifting.

Who was your most influential teacher?

Claudio Madella and Fabrizio Radaelli, for sure.

What super power would you like to have?

Cleaning up workshop in the blink of an eye?! Yes, that one.

What tool do you use more often than any other?

Note book, pens and pencils

If you could study with any printer throughout history, who would it be?

William Hatch from Hatch Print in Nashville, TN

What do you think is useful about what you make?

Creativity is not useful, it’s fundamental. It makes people understand better things and each other, what we do is make the world a little bit more interconnected, clear and peaceful.

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

I used to write a lot, and mixed media are the natural environment for my projects.
Old papers, typewriters, letraset, digital magazines.