Impressed Craft bindery and letterpress

Custodians of Ancient Crafts and Apparatus


    With backgrounds in corporate and industrial worlds - nothing to do with printing, binding or even design - imPRESSed was always going to be an ambitious undertaking. However, we have managed to gain a knowledge and insight into a craft that is slowly disappearing and build a one-of-a-kind Studio.

    We create personal and bespoke stationery, provide space for artists to express their creative spirits, share adventures and gained knowledge with inquisitive or like-minded souls and educate future generations about the journey ideas had to travel before advent of ‘devices’.

    Our Studio must house what is the largest collection of bookbinding and printing tools and apparatus in South Africa. Sourced from roof of old print shop in central Joburg to mealie field in Mpumalanga, from a private collector in Pretoria to a third generation printer in Cape Town (who did not have heart to scrap his heirloom) and countless other places in between.

    Many pieces came to us in horrible state and indeed some had to be scrapped, but the great majority has responded quite well to a little elbow grease and everything that is housed in our Studio is fully operational.

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