INK. PAPER. PRESS. A JOURNEY OF DESIGN
Inku Press is the studio of designer and letterpress printer Erin Blick.
Taking cues from the understated, the fine details and what’s created by hand, Inku Press is crazy about that sensory result of letterpress printing - the raw & deep impression it leaves on thick cotton paper. We create tactile, memorable stationery that entices the receiver of what’s to come. Combining a strong sense of creative direction and a history of styling, we love nothing more than taking the initial concept through the design process to produce and create prints to touch, to feel, to experience.
“I have always loved paper. As a child, I would make my own paper and send notes to everyone and anyone. At school, I kept a large box of collected papers and cuttings. One of my first trips overseas was to Japan – for paper. I went on to study design at Enmore Design Centre in Sydney and found an appreciation for typography and graphic design.
A few years later while on a road trip to Melbourne I stumbled across a 100 year old printing press. Old, rusty, and not at all in working condition. But what a beauty it was. Endless hours went into restoring it, sourcing parts and paper from all over the world and learning the art of letterpress printing. Creating a print studio and bringing Inku Press to life has been one of my biggest joys.
I am incredibly passionate about working with my hands. Without doubt the most rewarding part of my job is the making. Having an idea and producing a design is one thing, but taking that design and turning it into a tactile print you can actually feel, is very pleasing. The mixing of inks, the sound of my press turning over and the process of hand feeding each piece does make me feel like I am creating a print rather than just printing. Today in the design world, I find this is becoming rarer, so I feel very lucky to be using traditional skills to create my work.”
Inku Press creates invitations for the modern wedding and other events including birthdays and Christmas parties, as well as business cards and custom prints.
All prints are hand made in Bangalow Australia, just near Byron Bay, on our 1920 Chandler & Price and 1918 Cowan printing presses.