Hosoyamada Mitsunobu

Mitsunobu Hosoyamada

Totally fascinated with letterpress

How long have you been printing?

In 2016, I got the first Vandercook SP15.

Describe your first encounter with letterpress

In 2015, I visited the workshop at the Arm letterpress in Brooklyn. I was totally fascinated with letterpress. Then I stayed and printed for one week there.

Where did you learn?

Self-learning and almost nothing, perhaps LPW.
And occasionally, Mr. Thomas Gravemaker.

Who was your most influential teacher?

Thomas Gravemaker

What super power would you like to have?

Ability to work creatively well beyond the age of 100.

Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

absolutely with others.

What do you most value in your friends?

share something finding

When do your best ideas occur to you?

during a discussion and then after.

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

Gill Sans, unfortunately.

What tool do you use more often than any other?

Currently, Makita impact driver.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro

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

Hmmm. maybe Johannes Gutenberg. sorry...

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


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

Automatic type-sorting robot!

When and where are you the happiest?

When I get a beautiful complete set of wood types.

What is your greatest fear/worry?

My wife will sell my letterpress facilities and wood types after fighting with me.

What do you think is useful about what you make?

When I discover something influenced by my work.

What’s your day job?

Graphic designer and dog walker

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

RISO print