OUR LETTERPRESS INVITATIONS
As seen in The Paper Bride!
When the Museum of the City of New York put on their exhibit,
New York Gets Married, they featured a wedding on a balcony of Grand Central
station. The invitation had large subway tokens printed on handmade paper with
a token watermark and die-cut. There was a subway token coaster. Both
were made by Purgatory Pie Press.
The press's cozy Tribeca studio is filled with a 1930's Vandercook
printing press, an 1880's Peerless Gem paper chopper, and about 150 cases
of wood and metal type. Years ago, our first letterpress collaboration was
our own wedding invitation. If people don't find what they need in sample
books, they come here. We made an invitation with vintage romance novels,
another from pop-up sponges die cut in the shape of Cuba, and many many
simple elegant pieces featuring a hand-set type and sometimes illustrations,
or lace from the bride's dress or architectural details from the
wedding site. Typographer Dikko Faust handsets the type. Letterpress printing
is three-dimensional. Type pushes into paper, impressing a tactile
texture. Designer Esther K Smith collaborates with you to design your invitation.
In the initial consultation, we look at samples , examine typefaces,
papers & illustration. If you decide to work with us, we begin brainstorming.
We can write or edit the words. We choose the elements to make your
invitation reflect your taste.
We use many papers: eastern and western handmades, art papers,
recycled, commercial. When time and budget allow, we order handmade paper
to our specification in any color or texture. We even make watermarks.
Not limited to paper, Dikko prints leather, copper, aluminum, coaster board,
chipboard,even pop up sponges. We often hand make envelopes to match or
contrast with exotic papers. Some clients do their own. One couple spent a Sunday
afternoon scoring, folding & gluing while they watched football.
Invitations can be ready within three weeks of proof approval. Initial meeting to proof takes five to ten days. RUSH is available. Custom
papers, diecuts & illustrations add time. Prices range from $1200
for the simplest typographic invitation to $4500 or more for elaborate sets that
can include illustrations, special papers, coasters, thank you notes, informal stationery, guest books, even photo albums. Most invitations average
The initial consultation fee of $50 to $100 is a deposit.
We recently expanded to include Acme Xcellent Letterpress for
large jobs at rates competitive with offset. In addition to handset type, Acme
XL offers computer typesetting, spaced by real typographers. Or we
from your disk or film neg (emulsion side UP).
As Purgatory Pie Press, we make limited editions & artist
books. You can seethem in rare book collections at MOMA, NY Public Library &
Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at rare book collections world-wide. We also
print & diecut logos and letterheads, coasters, posters, and
calling cards. From the elegant to the wild.
Please email us for more information or to set up a consultation.
photo by Amy Kalyn Sims