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A B O U T   L E T T E R P R E S S Letterpress printmaking is a form of relief printing using a printing press. One composes and locks moveable type into the bed of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type creating a luxurious impression on the paper . A quick little letterpress history lesson. Moveable letterpress type was first developed by Bi Sheng 1040 in the Song Dynasty in China. Although Sheng was progressive with getting the word out, it involved a lot of labour in their extensive alphabet system. Soon, on the other side of the world, a clever chap called Johannes Gutenburg invented letterpress printing and independent moveable type system. Gutenburg knew letterpress, and the now commonly available paper,  would create a renaissance in spreading thoughts and intellectual ideas to the world. Prior to this, monks laboured hard at writing their exquisite manuscripts, so very time consuming and inadequate to the task of conveying new ideas. Letterpress successfully endured till the 20th century only to be made redundant, first  by offset printmaking, and finally by digital technology . Today letterpress is being revived, and in conjunction with modern digital and photopolymer technology, the beauty and colour saturation of the letterpressed image is once more accessible to artists and designers.  
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