Letterpress News, Images, Innovations & Events
Dusseldorf, Germany – May 2012
Occurring only once every four years, Drupa is to the printing industry, what the olympics is to an elite athlete.
Chapel Press represented Australia, as the letterpress underdog, amongst the heavyweights of the international printing community. The aim was to stay abreast of any technological developments, source supplies and to further develop relationships with overseas partners.
Highlights include meeting Florian Kolhler, CEO and owner of Gmund Paper Mill. Visiting the letterpress printing museum demonstration exhibit where we purchased every letterpress poster available for sale. Posters hang proudly on display in our Moorabbin showroom.
Gmund, Germany – May 2012
Paper culture since 1829
A short flight from Cologne to Munich, a 90 minute limousine ride down to the foothills of the Bavarian Alps to visit the Gmund. Special thanks to our expert guide and german interpreter Herbert Eibach for allowing us to experience many aspects of his cultural and paper heritage.
The tour commenced in the paper museum where we hand made paper using traditional techniques. Followed by inspection of the pulping, paper machines, reel storage, converting, embossing, sheeting, quality control and sample department. We were also privileged to visit the paper laboratory to meet with the Stephan Treske, Technical Director and discuss ways to further develop the Gmund Cotton paper range for letterpress.
Melbourne – March 2012
The Ideas Institute delivers the historic "Ascari Ferrari" to Melbourne on the 60th anniversary of the 1952 Grand Prix World Championship as attribute to this car's legacy. The Ascari Ferrari, the 1952 Ferrari 500 Chassis No. 5, was driven by Alberto Ascari to claim Ferrari its first two world championship titles in 1952 and 1953. It became the single most successful chassis in Grand Prix history. This Ferrari has a very fond place in Australia's motorsport history, having also been raced by Tony Gaze DFC OAM, the first Australian to compete in a Grand Prix, and Lex Davison, who claimed two Australian Grand Prix wins with the car.
Chapel Press were commissioned to print a commemorative limited edition letterpress poster showcasing an original Ascari Ferrari 500 No. 5 photograph from 1952. Reproduction photograph halftone screened, letterpress printed on the Vandercook Universal III cylinder proving press using in dense black letterpress ink and 600gsm Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton paper. The edition was limited to a run of 200 prints individually numbered and presented to all VIP guests on the night at 101 Collins.
In addition, Chapel Press produced the A5 double sided information card, offset printed mono colour using 300gsm Lettra Pearl White 100% cotton paper.
Melbourne – July 2011
Debbie Ryan, Michaela Webb, Pascale Gomes-Mcnabb, Ian Wong and Beci Orpin.
5 design luminaries present 5 facets of a colour of their choice at this fast paced, highly visual event, hosted by Zenith.
Chapel Press were a proud participating sponsor, letterpress printing event invitations designed by Studio Round. Thanks to the Gmund Paper Mill for providing their luxurious 600gsm Gmund Cotton Linen Cream paper stock. This was the very first opportunity to showcase the new letterpress cotton stock. The finished invitations were letterpress printed in tinted varnish on 600gsm stock, duplex mounted to make 1200gsm with elaborate forme cut finish.
New York, New York – May 2007, 2008, 2010
Chapel Press first visited the National Stationery Show in New York back in 2007, which was a real eye opener into the international world of letterpress. At the time there were only a handle full of letterpress enthusiasts here in Australia, so it was great to rub shoulders with many other letterpress people from across North America.
Of the 1400 exhibitors throughout the stationery show, approximately 100 or more booths had letterpress wares on display. At this time, retailers were experiencing what they believed to be the peak of a 10 year letterpress boom within the USA.
All in all, it was a great experience to see how letterpress had evolved in the USA and it ignited our enthusiasm to further develope the letterpress market back home in Australia.
2008 was the year Chapel Press exhibited at the National Stationery Show in New York. After months of preparation to build the stand and print promotional material, everything came together just in time for opening day. This was the launch of the new Chapel Press Collection, a range of designer letterpress wedding stationery.
Once again in 2010 Chapel Press visited the NSS and took the entire design team and production team along for the ride. Thanks to the new Qantas A380 and discount ticketing we were there in a heart beat. It was great to catch up with many of our international letterpress friends we had met on previous visits.