Meaghan Barbuto scoured eBay, bought a half-ton vintage letterpress machine, and spent weekends experimenting with wedding invites, business cards and greeting cards for friends and family. Deciding upon a name was simple; she dedicated Vince Letterpress as to her late grandfather. "It was important for me to highlight my Italian background. Italians make beautiful paper and we had this stationary box of my grandfatherâ€™s on the family mantle piece that was such a special object for my father."
Six months later Vince Letterpress took on a life of its own when Barbuto saw the opportunity to cash in on her dreams, quitting her job as a senior book designer to spend her days feeding ink into a letterpress in her garage. â€œIt was a huge leap. It was getting too difficult to do both and I have never regretted it. Iâ€™d encourage anyone to take the plunge.â€
Checking online forums and buying as many texts as she could about the art of letterpress, Barbuto educated herself on the craft and sourced the globe for the best vegetable and soy inks and textured papers. â€œI think people like to engage their senses and with letterpress you can feel the impression and the beautiful texture of the paper. It really does have a timeless qualityâ€¦it reminds us of the past and brings a unique element to each and every piece.â€
Cards are available from Vince Letterpress. For more information or to request a quote contact meaghan [at] vinceprinters [dot] com [dot] au.
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