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Stoffel & An

Kastaar

We try not to stick to the 'historical correct'

How long have you been printing?

We started the studio in 2013.

Describe your first encounter with letterpress

*WOW*

Where did you learn?

All by myself. With trial and error, old books and internet.

Who was your most influential teacher?

Mr. Confidence

Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

Depends on the job :)
Printing in the studio: alone.
Doing a print workshop in our studio or on location: as many people as possible.

What do you most value in your friends?

Their belief in our project.

When do your best ideas occur to you?

When I'm not focussed on the specific project.

If you were to die and come back as a typeface, which would it be?

Nobel

What tool do you use more often than any other?

The stereo, good music in the studio is a must.

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

Plantin (you know... Antwerp :) )

If you have your own shop, what equipment do you own?

3 Heidelberg 10×15 Windmills
Vandercook Universal I
Korrex Berlin
A6 Adana handpress
A5 handpress
Foot operated A4 platen press
Bike with a mobile A5 handpress
Bike with a 50×70 proofing press
Multigraph Rotary Press
Lots of lead and wood type

Screenprint + Risograph (but not using these very often)

If you could change one thing about your shop, what would it be?

We need a big hydraulic cutter...

When and where are you the happiest?

When people are enthusiastic about our studio, or the projects we're doing on location with the bikes.

What is your greatest fear/worry?

To lose my hands.

What’s your day job?

Graphic designer in the first place, but always working in the studio or doing print projects on location.
We're very happy we can actually make a living of our design and print projects.

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

We always try to find solutions or concepts within a specific brief.
We try not to stick to the 'historical correct' use of our presses and material, but combine with more modern techniques like lasercutting, CNC engraving or 3D printing.
We also have everything in house for screenprint and risograph, but we're not using these techniques very often.