The Ladies of Letterpress: News + A New Book Release

The Ladies of Letterpress is an international community of letterpress printers and print enthusiasts. Founded in 2009 by Jessica White and Ksenyia Thomas, LoLP’s mission is to promote the art and craft of letterpress printing and to encourage the voice and creative vision of women printers. (Membership is open to both men and women.) The organization allows members to share advice, resources and inspiration – and aims to help members become self-sustaining printers.

Princeton Architectural Press has just published Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints with 86 Removable Posters.  The oversize book contains, as its title suggests, over 80 removable 11” x 14” posters depicting original letterpressed works.

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This new release will appeal to letterpress artists and aficionados, graphic designers, printers, and anyone with a love of design and well made, hand-crafted objects.

Co-author Jessica White says, “I’m inspired every day by the creativity and skills of the members of Ladies of Letterpress, and I was especially thrilled to see such a variety of letterpress work in the submissions for the book. There were so many excellent submissions that it was hard to narrow it down, but I think that we’ve gathered a good representation of the amazing talent out there, and the diverse ways that letterpress can be used as a form of expression. I hope that this book serves as an inspiration for others to get creative and make something!”

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“Seeing the book for the first time was quite a shock! I knew what the book essentially looked like from digital images and layouts, but I wasn’t prepared for the considerable size. Of course, to have a book full of posters that can be torn out would mean that it must be a poster-sized book! It’s the perfect size for showing off such beautiful work,” continues White.

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We’re particularly fond of prints featured in the book that are printed on Mohawk fine papers. including 23 selections that were originally printed on a variety of Mohawk papers, including Superfine, Loop, Options, Carnival and Strathmore.

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The book is available at bookstores everywhere, both online and real-world bookstores. It’s available via the Princeton Architectural Press website, through Ladies of Letterpress, on Amazon, and many independent bookstores.

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Editor’s Note: Jessica White, has recently announced that she is stepping down as co-director, due to family and work commitments. Jessica recently welcomed a new baby into her life, owns Heroes & Criminals Press in Asheville, NC, and is an adjunct professor of book arts at Warren Wilson College. She will remain as an advisor to Ladies of Letterpress. Co-founder Ksenyia Thomas will continue in her role at LOL and owns of Thomas Printers, a design and letterpress shop in Carlisle, PA.

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To celebrate the publication of Ladies of Letterpress, Princeton Architectural Press is giving Felt & Wire readers a discount on the book:  35% off plus free shipping in the US. Order here and enter the promo code LETTER at checkout.

Tell us which design/print is your favorite for a chance to win! One lucky Felt & Wire reader will win a copy of the book by commenting below or at Facebook. Deadline for entries/comments is Sept. 1, 2015. Good luck!

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Comments (16)

  1. Posted by joe O'Connor on 07.31.15 at 1:25 pm

    VERY COOL!! I like the “BE LOCAL”_ “Love Hartford” graphics.
    Please enter me in the give away.

  2. Posted by Alanna M on 07.31.15 at 7:09 pm

    I love the “You are the foil to my rabbit ears” design! It looks like a beautiful book.

  3. Posted by Nicholas Navarro on 07.31.15 at 10:02 pm

    Ladies of Letterpress posters are beautiful and timeless. Their letterpress posters shows images displaying deep thoughtful ideas with concepts as well as aesthetics, style, and precise design execution. Their supreme simplicity makes them incredibly striking and arresting. My favorite letterpress poster is the pure sweets series. I love the basic typography and the abstract walrus and prairie mantis design. The posters set is very simplistic but also eye-catching and exciting. The posters effectively combines he visual power of less is more and the organization of information and the organization of information. The book was beautifully done!

  4. Posted by Tatyana on 07.31.15 at 10:31 pm

    “Chew it up. Spit it out.” A great reminder to be active, in every aspect of life.

    A great book with great works. Another reason to keep pushing myself.

  5. Posted by Haley W on 08.3.15 at 8:58 am

    This is such an inspiration! Especially for young designers who are falling in love with this timeless craft.

  6. Posted by Megan M on 08.3.15 at 9:56 am

    These beautifully handcrafted works of art are inspiring for printers and designers of all ages. This book is a celebration of the creative talent from around the world. My favorite print is “{Bike} Away with me”. I love the eye popping red and the crop of the bicycle. I wheelie like it 😉 Hopefully soon I’ll be joining The Ladies of Letterpress and one day have the honor of being featured in a book such as this.

  7. Posted by Melissa on 08.3.15 at 10:24 pm

    Love the “You are the foil to my rabbit ears”! This looks like an amazing book! Congrats to all!

  8. Posted by Kanchana Brll on 08.6.15 at 8:42 am

    Chew it up, spit it out is my favourite. Fantastic linea illustrations. They’re all my favourite to be honest. Print is not dead! Love this book.

  9. Posted by Tanya Camp on 08.11.15 at 1:45 pm

    My favourite is “Chew it up. Spit it out.”

  10. Posted by Danielle on 08.14.15 at 7:26 pm

    I love the “you are the foil to my rabbit ears.” So cute and clever!

  11. Posted by Cesar Rivera on 08.25.15 at 5:07 pm

    Rose Newton’s “Foil to my rabbit ears.” is my fav.

  12. Posted by Rich R on 08.25.15 at 5:41 pm

    Happy Birthday from Boston & Happy Birthday from New York

  13. Posted by Michelle on 08.25.15 at 5:43 pm

    N & A wedding invitation

  14. Posted by Melanie Evans on 08.25.15 at 6:21 pm

    Super drool-inspiring images. I like the “you are the foil to my rabbit ears” and the “Sweets” prints. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  15. Posted by Beth Mickle on 08.25.15 at 7:06 pm

    I dig the red airplanes and the tool kit.

  16. Posted by Lynn Jones on 08.27.15 at 1:17 am

    I love the “Tool Kit” print. Clean lines, awesome registration, great illustration overall.

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