HANDPRINTED LIMITED EDITION LETTERPRESS POSTER ‘THE ONLY WAY IS VINTAGE’
The Garage Press was founded in a South London garage in 2018 by me - Simon Trewin. I have spent the last twenty-five years working with internationally renowned musicians, authors and brands on furthering their literary and publishing ambitions, so the attraction of running a little side-project through The Garage Press was irresistible. The aim was simple: to have fun with ink, paper, words and images.
This piece, THE ONLY WAY IS VINTAGE, is handprinted on an old British map using a Farley Proofing press & vintage wooden type and oil-based ink - made by Lyme Bay Press on the Isle Of Wight.
This is a strictly limited run of signed and numbered 12 prints. Each print is unique because I only have one copy of each map in my collection of ephemera.
IT IS A2 IN SIZE AND IS SUPPLIED ROLLED IN A PROTECTIVE TUBE
Simon’s first press was a 1950’s desktop Adana, with the collection soon growing to include ‘Gloria’, an 1880’s Cropper Minerva Treadle Press. ‘Gloria’ was acquired from the brilliant creatives Harrington Squires in Kentish Town, who were hugely generous with their time and energy in the early days of The Garage Press.
Recently relocated to the Brixton Beneficiary building in South London, The Garage Press also boasts a huge collection of wooden type, metal type, polymer plates and vintage illustration blocks, with many acquired from the old Unite and Type shop in Portobello Road. I have suitable illustrations for many needs; from farm animals to 1920’s dance bands.
“I remember one rather emotional moment, when I put this dirty little block onto the press, inked up and put a scrap of paper over the top. When I printed it and took a close look it was a beautiful little figure of a boy holding a lump of coal and saying HAPPY 1914. I love the fact I am bringing these little slices of life back from the dead and re-purposing them for a new audience.”
Still run as a hobby, The Garage Press is enjoying designing and selling cards, handmade books and posters; combining vintage images with modern text with an undercurrent of humour.
I run workshops and little tours of the press by appointment. I am very keen on creative collaborations and would love to hear from anyone with an interest in unlocking the potential of letterpress.