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Personalized letterpress stationery and customized cards from Aloha Letterpress.

Aloha from the island of Maui! My name is Linda Akiyama Coleon. When I am not engaged in letterpress printing, I also enjoy making paper, carving soft blocks, Gocco-ing, binding books and journals, writing. I enjoy creating handmade art that can delight the senses.

My letterpress printing evolved from my interest in making artist books and from my paper making from cotton rag and various other plant materials. The letterpress prints I create are printed with an antique 1900s' Chandler Price Pilot press and a larger Chandler Price 8 x 12 printing press. I fit the type and die cuts into a chase (metal frame) with wooden furniture, making sure that the type and dies are securely fitted into the chase. The ink is prepared and placed on the press ink plate…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 29
  • Joined September 11, 2010

Favorite materials

cotton paper, handmade paper, metal type, wood type, ornaments, dingbats, letterpress cuts and dies, antique printing presses, Gocco

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alohaletterpress
Personalized Letterpress Stationery &...

About

Personalized letterpress stationery and customized cards from Aloha Letterpress.

Aloha from the island of Maui! My name is Linda Akiyama Coleon. When I am not engaged in letterpress printing, I also enjoy making paper, carving soft blocks, Gocco-ing, binding books and journals, writing. I enjoy creating handmade art that can delight the senses.

My letterpress printing evolved from my interest in making artist books and from my paper making from cotton rag and various other plant materials. The letterpress prints I create are printed with an antique 1900s' Chandler Price Pilot press and a larger Chandler Price 8 x 12 printing press. I fit the type and die cuts into a chase (metal frame) with wooden furniture, making sure that the type and dies are securely fitted into the chase. The ink is prepared and placed on the press ink plate. Test prints and adjustments are made as needed. This can be the most time consuming part of printing because of the many variables involved with printing with an antique press. Once adjustments have been made, the individual sheets of paper are hand fed onto the press and each card is printed one at a time. Although letterpress printing is not quick like computer printing, there are distinctive tactile and visual qualities of a letterpress printed card that makes it so special and appealing. You can see, feel, and touch the differences when you hold these cards in your hands.

Although I do not use my own handmade paper for the cards I print, I strive to use the finest of materials in the work I do. The cover stock paper I use is 100 percent cotton and tree free with a slight texture. These plush cotton papers make a lovely foundation for letterpress printing.
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