The creator, her letterpress and the inspiration...
I have been creating wedding stationery for a few years now but began Danielle Bleuse in 2014 after falling head over heels in love with letterpress printing. The lovely whirring sounds of the printing press, the smell of hand mixed ink and the feel of running your finger over the soft cotton paper and debossed text are just some of the reasons that I love a letterpress invitation.
A little red Adana press was my first introduction to printing along with a collection of metal type that was kindly gifted to me by an extremely generous retired pressman. However it wasn't long before I took the plunge and bought a larger press, the beautiful machine that is my vintage Original Heidelberg from 1962.
The printing studio is based in rural North Yorkshire, just outside of Ripon, in an outbuilding on the family farm.
All the letterpress stationery is printed on 'Hans'. He is quite the beast, built the good old fashioned way in solid cast iron and weighing well over a ton. His real name - an Original Heidelberg Windmill.
Designs are created on the computer and processed onto a photopolymer plate or magnesium die. These are then mounted onto the letterpress which is inked up and set to work. The design is applied with pressure onto soft cotton paper which creates the beautiful impression that is now so popular with modern letterpress.
The letterpress collection was named after my lovely grandmother, an independent and wedding dress seamstress from Chantilly, France. Sparking my interest in stationery and giving inspiration, it seemed fitting to name the collection after this lady.