All change is not growth,
as all movement is not forward.
Ellen Glasgow

Don't get us wrong - we're not fighting against progress, in fact we embrace it. It's just that all too often the baby gets thrown out with the bath water and we don't know what we've lost until it's too late.

Well, letterpress printing is a classic example of this. Letterpress (which pre-dates Gutenburg) has both a visual and tactile quality that has been completely lost in modern printing methods. Unlike modern print where the ink is applied to the surface of specially developed smooth papers (read dull and boring if you like!), letterpress uses raised printing plates to press the ink into the paper. The resulting impression is both visual and tactile, each impression being slightly unique and full of character. When combined with stunning mould made (another ancient craft that remains largely unchanged to this day) and luxurious cotton papers the results speak for themselves. Leaving us to ponder where did the baby disappear to!

The problem with letterpress was, despite all its beauty, it was so time consuming, cumbersome and restrictive to set up. Each letter or block of letters had to be selected from cases of available fonts, set by hand in reverse, levelled and locked into a frame before finally being placed into a printing press. At Little Red Hen Letterpress we've developed a method that employs the latest in laser cutting technology to engrave plates, effectively mimicking traditional hand set plates. Another distinct advantage of this technology is that unlike the past, we're not restricted to using in house typefaces or illustrations. We can take digital artwork just like any modern printer and make your plates from that - although we do respectfully suggest that just because you have 1000 typefaces on your computer, you don't need to use them all on the same page; many have tried before you and never managed to get it right!