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Essie Letterpress has launched a beautiful new letterpress Artists Almanac (A calendar for 2013) which has been designed by 12 up-and-coming South African Illustrators.
“Twelve different artists designed and illustrated their interpretation of their respective months, resulting in an exciting journey through the year with an eclectic blend of styles and subjects.” - Ben Grib
They printed a limited Edition of 50 calendars and a limited edition of 50 artworks of each month which will be sold separately.
They have been featured on a Citymob weeklong sale, which started yesterday and will be available from their online shop thereafter.
K&i is an independent Cape Town based graphic design studio owned and managed by South African born Karl, and Ida from Sweden. In 2010, after 7 years working in London, Karl and Ida relocated to South Africa to establish K&i Design Studio.
“We are a creative design studio specialising in graphic design and illustration for print and online. We have a real passion for creating handmade and honest work; it simply makes us happy inside. Our aim is to enjoy every day and produce engaging/innovative design.”
Apart from design, Karl and Ida love to go on bike rides, spend time in their veggie garden, take walks on the beach, go to art galleries, look at slides on their old Kodak Carousel projector and make old school – new school.
To learn more about Karl and Ida, check out their Blog, join their Facebook page or visit their website.
Thanks Ida and Karl!
Images via http://www.kandi.co.za/
Johannes Gutenberg invented letterpress printing in the mid-15th century and today it’s still getting its press on (it’s like getting your freak on, but with heavy machinery) on a farm in Citrusdal. Vanessa from Essie Letterpress tells us more.
Essie letterpress is a husband and wife design and print team, living and working on a beautiful flower farm close to Citrusdal. All of our work is custom designed – we work closely with our client to achieve a look that they are happy with.
We do mainly wedding invitations and wedding stationery (menus, programmes, thank you cards, seating tags etc), but also have a small but expanding range of notecards that we supply to a few shops in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. We also love doing personalised stationery and baby announcements, which seem to be something which people in South Africa are finally getting into.
All of our work is printed individually on a manually operated 1964 German Proofing Press. The letterpress punches the designs into the paper creating a beautiful relief not achieved with other kinds of printing. A clean, crisp look is achieved that can be both seen and felt. The cards have a handcrafted feel to them, which makes them different to cards printed on a more modern printing machine. Letterpress is a time and labour intensive process, but it is also a real labour of love for us.
We have a lot of exciting ideas in the pipeline, some of which include calendars and a range of kiddies artwork.
Have a look at their site: http://www.essieletterpress.co.za/