Late last year I started working at The Hungry Workshop, a design and letterpress printing studio in Northcote. I studied graphic design at university and have always loved the craft of letterpress printing, so for me it’s the perfect job.
Every day I’m surrounded by inspiring stuff. Graphic patterns, cool greeting cards, custom designed typography, beautiful paper, illustration, hand-drawn lettering, art prints and the most amazing wall of reference books I’ve ever seen. With the hum of the presses and the stereo pumping, it’s like my second home.
When I was given the opportunity to print a personal project, I jumped at the chance to print some business cards for Me&MyGirl. The cards were already designed as part of the brand identity so all I had to do was order the plates to print from, order the paper and go!
So one night last week, we stayed back after hours and my colleague Adam printed them for me. We decided on a beautiful printing technique called a split fountain, where you lay down one colour at one end of the rollers and a different colour at the other end – which gives a rainbow-like effect when printed.
It was so great to see something come off the press that was for me and I’m so chuffed with the result. It’s not everyday you get to have your very own letterpress printed business cards!
I’d also like to mention my friend David, the awesome designer behind the Me&MyGirl brand identity. I met David almost 10 years ago and we have worked together at two design studios during that time. He is so talented and we have always been on the same page with our thoughts on all things design. From the minute I explained what I wanted to do with Me&MyGirl, he just got it – instantly!
Now David is co-founder and co-director at Pop & Pac. Their work is amazing and you can check it out here.