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South London Letterpress was founded in 2015 by South London residents, and good friends, Scott Hickson and Karen Silcock.

Karen and Scott met when their children were first at school together and they discovered a mutual appreciation for the glorious beauty of letterpress stationery, seen on trips to the US and from small, independent printers in the UK.

In 2017, Karen adopted the Adana Letterpress and now runs the company single-handedly from her home in Balham. As well as taking on bespoke orders, she is on a mission to seek out the originality and playfulness of letterpress stationery from around the world and bring it to a wider audience

Karen says:

I love creating bespoke stationery to order or just for fun, using new type, colours and layouts, as well as discovering new suppliers. I love handwriting and am really keen to keep this art alive, especially amongst the younger generation where digital screens are taking over!

If you have any questions about the letterpress printing process, please do get in touch. I love meeting fellow independent makers and printers -- their commitment to craft and the pleasures of writing good old-fashioned hand written notes is inspiring.

Please do let me know if you see something here that you are interested in, or if you know of a printer who should be on my site.

I'd love to hear from you!

About Letterpress Printing:

Letterpress printing was the precedent to offset litho printing, which is how the vast majority of printing is done nowadays. Letterpress printing uses skill and is done by hand, feeding each individual sheet of paper into the press. Distinguishing features include: a crisp appearance because of its impression into the paper; great visual definition to the type and artwork. ~The juxtaposition of this technique and offbeat humour for greeting cards is a popular example