Marie Vandevoorde

Good quality and beautiful things

How long have you been printing?


Describe your first encounter with letterpress

I heard about it in class at the Plantin Moretus Institute for Typography in Antwerp.

Where did you learn?

A workshop in Hilversum.

Who was your most influential teacher?

Thomas Gravemaker.

What super power would you like to have?

The power to fly.

Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

I like both.

What do you most value in your friends?


When do your best ideas occur to you?

When I am relaxed.

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


What tool do you use more often than any other?

Sadly, my computer.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Murakami - Sputnik Sweetheart

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

No idea - Alan Kitching?

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

Some lead and wood type, a Sofadi showcard machine and an old Korrex Berlin, that needs a lot of attention.

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

Not a thing...

When and where are you the happiest?

Amongst good people, having good conversation, with good food on the side.

What is your greatest fear/worry?

Losing my eyesight, or the use of my hands.

What do you think is useful about what you make?

I like to make good quality and beautiful things.

What’s your day job?

Graphic designer.

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

Some graphic techniques, like linocut, silkscreen, monotype...