Tiny Risselada veteran


Say Yes to Letterpress!

Amersfoort, The Netherlands


How long have you been printing?

In 2007, I attended a workshop with Alex Barbaix in his beautiful place.

Describe your first encounter with letterpress

I was looking for a beautiful print technique for the birth announcement of my daughter, but couldn’t find a printer in the Netherlands who did letterpress with embossing.

Where did you learn?

In 2009, I bought my own Adana in England to do my wedding invitation and I started watching Youtube video’s.

Who was your most influential teacher?

Alex Barbaix – and the printers who work for me

What super power would you like to have?

Flying, like in my dreams

Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

Depends on the project

What do you most value in your friends?

A sense of humour

When do your best ideas occur to you?

All the time, ideas never stop

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

I would rather come back as a printing press, not just a typeface

What tool do you use more often than any other?

My iMac

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

I would love to make special books with designer Irma Boom and create impossible things.

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

3 Adana’s (1950s), proofpress Lettergieterij Amsterdam (1910), trapdegel The Diadem (1910), trapdegel Lettergieterij Amsterdam (1910), trapdegel Deutsche Buchdruck Masch. Gesch. MBH Berlin National 1 (1900), trapdegel Tetterode (1890), woodtypes, foilpress (1960) and old and new paper cutters.

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

The size, it is too small (70 m2)

When and where are you the happiest?

In my studio with some salsa music, ink and wooden type

What is your greatest fear/worry?

To lose my eyes or hands

What do you think is useful about what you make?

We make birth announcements and wedding invitations. I hope I can make a lot of people happy with our designs and cards.

What’s your day job?

Designer and owner of Letterpers

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

Foil and laser