meet inker tinker – a letterpress and design studio
I’m Amanda, designer and letterpress printer working from my home studio in the peaceful rural area of Plummers Point in Tauranga, New Zealand.
Here at Inker Tinker I am the very proud owner of a beautifully restored Chandler & Price platen press built in Ohio, USA in the 1920’s, weighing in at over 700kg. Combining hand mixed inks and luxurious papers, letterpress printing is a beautiful old fashioned art form that is being reinvented and loved by many today. After working for many years in the corporate design world, I just love tinkering away and getting to know all of it’s little quirks that make letterpress printing such a joy.
Along with designing and printing bespoke wedding suites and personalised stationery I have also created a range of everyday greeting cards to be enjoyed and gifted to a special someone to really make their day.
Whether you are looking for an invitation for a special day or event, business card or swing tags for your shop, letterpress will bring your vision to life and leave a lasting impression. The possibilities are endless and I just love tinkering away on my vintage press and creating something special. Please get in touch if you would like to have a chat about the letterpress process.
Letterpress printing was the main form of printing text and books up until the mid 1900's. The typesetter would hand set letter by letter and line by line, producing the page of text. Most of the old presses were put aside in favour of the offset press which was faster and more economical to produce prints. When computers and digital printing became commonplace letterpress became a dying art.
Gradually, as handmade is becoming popular again, the old printing presses are being collected and restored. And with the invention of the raised surface photopolymer printing plates the possibilities for what can be created through letterpress are endless. From the digital design on the computer a printing plate is made. The plate is set up on the press which is operated by a foot treadle. Ink is rolled over the plate while a single sheet of paper is hand fed into the press, as the press closes it leaves a deep impression and ink on the paper. When the press opens again the paper is removed and the next sheet is fed in. Each colour has its own printing plate and this process is repeated until all of the colours make up the finished design. Truly a labour of love.