Make with Mohawk
Make with Mohawk
We all have an idea sitting on the back burner waiting to take form. And as we dream of
bringing that idea from the screen into the real world, the processes we use to make that
transition is essential. To simply print something isn’t enough—we need to make the print
process a deliberate part of our design. The Make with Mohawk Printshop is here to help
you do that by creating a place to easily print the work that gets you excited. Throughout
the year we are launching Maker Missions designed to make printing more accessible than
ever with opportunities to get your feet wet with Risograph, Letterpress and Digital
printing. Dust off a passion project that has been waiting for the right opportunity, or get
inspired by trying a new printing process. And keep an eye for our Make with Mohawk print
sets for a dose of added inspiration. Have fun! And don’t forget to share your creations with
the hashtag #makewithmohawk
Maker Mission #1
Risograph + Superfine
The Ultimate Hi-Lo
At a glance, Risograph and Superfine may seem like quite the odd couple. Originally invented to make use of low-cost inks, Risograph printing comes with inherent quirks: off-registration, limited colors, uneven ink performance—in short: an inaccurate and inconsistent process. But it’s also…absolutely delightful. Much like the Holga camera with its brilliant simplicity, lack of precision and light leaks, Risograph’s bugs are its defining features. In a world of technical perfection, it’s a process rich in happy accidents.
Superfine, on the other hand, is all about precision: Beautifully formed, always consistent and subtly tactile—it’s the paper that’s predictably perfect. Arguably the best canvas to print just-aboutanything, there’s no question what will happen when you print on Superfine—it’s going to be beautiful.
So, what business does Superfine have hanging around with Risograph? Superfine shines when showcasing design intent, whatever that intent may be. Superfine is like a crisp, neutral gallery wall: It shows respect to the work, by amplifying intention and making absolutely clear that what you see is a statement, not an accident. Imperfection printed on the most perfect paper makes those happy accidents not so accidental. In this way, Risograph’s quirks are celebrated, not as limitations, but as design elements; an extension of the will of the designer.
What’s exciting is that these unique qualities make process part of design.
What could you make with this combination of material and process? Embrace Maker Mission #1:
Maker Mission #2
Digital + Via
Expression at your Fingertips
Many of us think we know digital printing—but most of us don’t. That’s because digital printing is constantly evolving—and improving. In fact, today’s digital printing quality rivals traditional offset while better meeting the needs of the modern maker: faster timelines, iteration and instant gratification. The result: graphic expression has never been so accessible.
From a single flyer for an obscure new band to 20,000 one-of-kind art prints, the quality of printing that once required a sizeable audience and a long press run is now available to anyone with a laptop and an idea. Add the ability to print variable data, achieve next-level image quality and use beautiful paper, and you have a process that works harder for you—and dare we say—has neverlooked better.
Mohawk Via’s versatile portfolio of papers designed for digital might be the perfect expression of beauty and function in balance. Via offers a crazy-beautiful selection of tactile textures and curated colors all designed to print effortlessly in digital. And what’s more, Via is economical, making beauty and function more accessible than ever!
From a painter, to a photographer, to a 3D rendering artist, digital printing + Via can bring any idea to life.
What could you make with this combination of material and process? Embrace Maker Mission #2:
Maker Mission #3
Crane's Lettra + Letterpress
A Classic Reinvention
There is one paper that comes to mind when you think of Letterpress printing: Lettra. The two have been synonymous since before most artists, designers and printers can remember—and with each, a reputation that precedes it.
The story of Letterpress is one of reinvention. Once the leading form of print communication, it was used for everything from fliers to bibles. But as offset printing took off midway through the last century, commercial printers turned away from Letterpress. The machines were discarded, no longer able to keep up with the demands of rapidly advancing technology. This abandonment of Letterpress was disruptive but fortuitous. Unwanted machines were discovered by a different kind of craftsperson: artists and designers. These curious pioneers embraced the limitations of the supposedly "outdated" technology, seeking to celebrate all the tactile qualities that made Letterpress unique.
This is where Lettra comes in. For 200 years, Crane had been making lush cotton papers, with formulas passed down and refined through generations. With Letterpress reimagined as more than just a communication tool, but an art form, Lettra was the perfect paper to bring out the tactile beauty unique to the medium. The pure cotton content is unrivaled as its lush, tactile feel and ability to enhance the signature impression of Letterpress printing. Today, as designers increasingly crave a contrast to the slick experience of a screen, Lettra and Letterpress offer the perfect high-touch alternative.
The boundaries of this new vision for Letterpress are by no means staked— they’re constantly evolving. That’s why we are building on the range Lettra has to offer with new colors and finishes that open up fresh paths of experimentation, creativity and beauty—so artists, designers, and printers can continue to reimagine what Letterpress and cotton paper can do.
What could you make with this combination of material and process? Embrace Maker Mission #3:
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