fluidinkletterpress

Letterpress stationery, greeting cards, invitations

Perth, Australia · 1982 Sales

fluidinkletterpress

Letterpress stationery, greeting cards, invitations

Perth, Australia 1982 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Davina

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Announcement   Fluid Ink is a Letterpress studio based in sunny Perth, Western Australia. We hand print greeting cards, stationery, wedding invitations, and other paper goodness on our vintage press. We welcome custom orders and wholesale inquiries.

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Last updated on Jan 11, 2016

Fluid Ink is a Letterpress studio based in sunny Perth, Western Australia. We hand print greeting cards, stationery, wedding invitations, and other paper goodness on our vintage press. We welcome custom orders and wholesale inquiries.

Davina

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About

Whats the big deal about letterpress anyway?

Letterpress is fine, unique and it has soul.

Letterpress is the graphic design equivalent of slow food - incredibly labour intensive and demanding of skill and patience. When you discover a letterpress piece, there’s something different about it. It was touched by human hands, it is tactile, you can see and feel the indentation the letters and ink leave in the paper and you will fall in love with its quality. It leaves a mark on the paper like no other process today can, and its quality will leave a mark on you heart.

Fluid Ink prints letterpress coasters, greeting cards, gift tags and invitations onto cotton paper and recycled card stock using photopolymer plates, vintage illustrated blocks and moveable wood & metal type.

I’m extremely lucky to be able to work from a home studio. This allows me to operate at odd hours to accommodate my awesome family’s needs. I have 2 presses – A Golding Pearl #3 (‘Mavis’) built in Boston USA in 1892 and our main workhorse ‘The Admiral’ a 1913 Chandler and Price. I mix all of my inks by hand from my library of base inks, using Pantone formulae. The appeal is being hands on, messy and sometimes quite physical.

Printing something new is always a happy surprise. The digital versions can only hint at how the final letterpress versions may turn out when printed in a solid oil based colour, pressed into cotton paper. Having customers pick up their bespoke letterpress pieces is both a nervous and wonderful experience. Watching them see their invitations/stationery for the first time is very rewarding. For me, to be able to make a sale to a stranger that has searched through hundreds of cards and concluded that one of mine is their perfect choice, is an astonishing honor.

With a passion for Indi design and a commitment to conquer the ‘work – life balance’ plus appearances in markets and 'Montage Collective Pop Up shops' in Perth, as well as being a team leader for the ETSY WA street team, and organising ETSY events such as 'ETSY Craft Parties' and 'Etsy Made Local Markets', life is certainly busy but full!

PAPER
The cotton/paper pulp papers I use are all FSC certified.
Our tree-free paper: Crane’s Lettra are 100% cotton
Our coaster paper is 100% post-consumer waste recycled
The Kraft envelopes are * PCF – Post Chlorine Free – paper made from recycled fibre that’s not been re-bleached with any chlorine based bleach, and 100% post-consumer waste recycled

SOLVENTS
We use low-VOC and citrus-based solvents.

WASTE
The paper scraps are re used for sample prints or as tabs for lining up the press. The vintage tools are all salvaged form around the world.

PLATEMAKING
My polymer plated are purchased from Boxcarpress. For every platemaking order over $100, a tree is planted via American Forests. Old disused plates are posted back to be recycled.

GIVING BACK
For every ‘I knew you had it in you’ card sold, we donate .20c to the Princess Margaret foundation. <http://www.pmhfoundation.com/>

WE LOVE COLLABORATION
Working as ambassadors to the hand made by opening pop up shops like Montage, has given me an opportunity to see that WA retail is embracing artisan, hand crafted goods within a setting usually reserved for the big high street names. Local collectives have gathered strong followings and their artisan goods are not at odds with their mass produced counterparts, rather, they sit among them, not to compete but to co-exist.

To constantly collaborate I hope to foster an environment where the opportunity to create and produce from home studios across the state is a viable source of income, and educate the population so that buying hand crafted goods is the norm rather than the exception, enhancing the rich tapestry of shopping choices on offer.

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  • Davina F

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Davina started her adult life as a primary music teacher, dove into graphic design paused her career for mothering and found her way into printing. A love of stationery, vintage machinery and quiet hard work made letterpress a perfect match.

Manufacturers

  • Pilpel Print

    Perth, WA, Australia

    We (fluid Ink) use Pilpel to digitally print and foil our 'Keep Card range. They are a multi-award winning print company that has been looking after the print needs of Perth businesses, designers, and advertising agencies for over 85 years.

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Last updated on Jul 18, 2016
Frequently asked questions

ABOUT OUR PRINTING PROCESS

Every print that comes off our press is unique and different. That's what makes each hand made product special. There will be variations on the colour and coverage of ink. These Letterpress items are individually hand fed into our 1913 vintage Chandler and Price old style (‘The Admiral’) letterpress. Produced in Perth Western Australia

PAPER

The cotton/paper pulp papers I use are all FSC certified.
Our tree-free paper: Crane’s Lettra are 100% cotton
Our coaster paper is 100% post-consumer waste recycled
The Kraft envelopes are * PCF – Post Chlorine Free – paper made from recycled fibre that’s not been re-bleached with any chlorine based bleach, and 100% post-consumer waste recycled

WILL YOU PRINT MY ARTWORK?

We can definitely print your artwork for you. We offer a 100% design service right down to a printer for hire service. Contact us for more info.

WILL YOU LETTERPRESS PRINT MY INVITATIONS?

Yes - we love to collaborate.
We can definitely print your invitations for you. We offer a 100% design service right down to a printer for hire service. Contact us for more info.

Wholesale availability

We wholesale across Australia but we are always looking for more! If you are interested in stocking our range, please get in touch!

Gift wrapping and packaging

We offer a service that allows you to post your card selection to the door of your choice :-)
https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/180252576/personalised-message-inside-card-we-will
We will print out your text onto matching paper (we will not hand write into the card), and insert it into the card (third pic)
We include a wrap around the card explaining that the card was chosen by you and posted by us. (second pic)
We address, stamp and post using the product's envelope to an address you have specified in notes to seller.

LICENCING/COPYWRITE

These artworks are the intellectual property of Fluid Ink Letterpress.
While some illustrations are not penned by Fluid Ink, the concept and combination of images, style and words are unique to us.

Please do not claim these designs as your own, Can not be part of any business entity, Logo etc.

Design copyright remains with me. 

You can not copyright graphics, Artwork, in anyway, Shape, Or form.

Not for large commercial uses or business, including the digital or online market. You may not in any way share, resell images  or use these designs for mass production. You are also not to sell it as a digital download file, or claim and distribute this artwork piece as your own work.

By purchasing my work you agree to the terms listed above.

What is Letterpress?

Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets of paper.
Letterpress printing was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century.
Our presses are 100+ years old. Made from a tonne of cast iron and still going strong.

ESTIMATED SHIPPING TIMES

North America: 6-13 business days
Europe: 6-13 business days
Australia, New Zealand and Oceania: 2-6 business days
Asia Pacific: 3-10 business days

For domestic orders (Australia wide) you can select a PRIORITY shipping option upon check out which should speed up delivery to 1-4 business days.

For domestic orders, we can also EXPRESS POST items overnight depending on location. Postcodes within the network are listed below. If you fall outside the network, shipping times using this service are 1-4 days.

EXPRESS POST NETWORK - From Perth CBD to:
Canberra CBD: 2600-2601
Sydney CBD: 1000-1299; 2000-2009
Melbourne CBD: 3000-3010; 8000-8010
Brisbane CBD: 4000-4004
Adelaide CBD: 5000-5005; 5800-5879
Hobart CBD: 7000-7003
Launceston: 7250