The little press that could.
Artships Press is a postcard-sized, letterpress studio equipped with a 1890s Chandler & Price Platen press. It’s an entry-level tabletop press suitable for short print runs and postcard-size images. It requires no water or electricity to run and still works like charm 130 years post conception.
Most of the projects you’ll find here were made for friends and handcrafted old-school. Each composition was handset in a form using a limited palette of retired, analog parts. It’s a labor of love that teaches the value of patience, is the best way to learn letterpress, and is immensely rewarding on the days when things work out.
Parts that make up the whole:
- A scrap collection of metal antique type, ornament borders, and corner fills – well loved, missing sorts, often damaged, still useful
- A handful of moveable fonts sets from various type foundry’s – dusty, well cared for, opened for the first time
- Stray collection of wood type, line blocks, and halftone blocks
- Rubber-based Van Son Holland Ink: Pantone yellow, warm red, reflex blue, black, and transparent white
- A 200 lb cast-iron, hand-lever tabletop press
- A 500 lb guillotine paper cutter