Letterpress of Pray

Bluemoon Letterpress in Japan is organizing an earthquake fundraiser letterpress exhibition called “Letterpress of Pray” at BOOKS KUBRICK gallery in Fukuoka this summer and Heartfish Press is more than proud and honored to be a part!

They are still looking for more letterpress work for the gallery, if you are interested, please visit their page and participate. Japan still needs our support!

Your letterpress work will be displayed and viewed by many Japanese people. It’s ok that if you made it before. It’s better that the letterpress has message for Japan. If you could also include few extra, people can purchase them and 100% of the proceeds from this exhibition will go directly to earthquake child support group in Iwate prefecture (Concerning the establishment of a fund for the financial aid of the earthquake and tsunami orphans.).

Beautiful book jacket cover by Bluemoon Letterpress:

I never actually seen Japanese metal types in action — interesting!

and if you are in Japan, please look forward to the exhibition this summer.

Letterpress Things

Today, I’ll share more pictures from my visit to Letterpress Things in Chicopee, MA. Come this way!

The entrance…

After going up the stairs… it’s a letterpress treasure land! We met the owner, John Barrett, he says he bought 17 letterpress shops this year alone and he never throws out anything. It is literally filled with “Printing Junque” I wasn’t kidding yesterday :)

Wood furniture cabinets. Never seen this many all together before…

Lots of metal types…

and borders and ornaments…


I love all the art work that was on the wall in this place. This one is great, too!

It’s like a museum of old printing blocks…

More types in package.

John took us to the printing room. So many cute table top presses, do you see the really tiny one here?

and presses for sale — tabletop presses:

and floor models:

It only opens few times a month or less, so if you ever plan to go there, which I really recommend to go if you are looking for printing supplies, please check the open dates first. John also supports the museum of printing in MA, I would love to go check it out someday soon…

Happy Letterpress Printing!