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Essie Notecards

Essie Letterpress is a design and print studio situated in an old farm shed near Citrusdal. All work is designed and printed using a 1964 manually operated German Proofing Press. We first spotted the Essie Notecards at the Shoestring Pop-up Store, and are thrilled to feature them as today's item. Letterpress is the oldest form of printing and during the 1950s, advances in machinery caused this type of printing to be overshadowed by more modern processes. Husband and wife team, Vanessa and Ben Grib have revived this archaic printing method to make an array of notecards, tags, artworks and wedding invites to suit any occasion. 'Essie Letterpress started when we moved from the city to a farm, and wanted to do something creative. We are inspired by nature, and draw inspiration from classic etchings and illustrations in old textbooks,' says Vanessa. 'I love seeing the first print come out the press, after the long process of setting it up.'
Using a letterpress is a time and labour intensive process. Each notecard is printed individually, ensuring that no two prints are the same. 'The cards have an old handcrafted feel to them. We work with top quality cotton-rich papers and envelopes,' say the couple. Vanessa and Ben also print wedding invites as well as personalised stationery and greeting cards. Cards typically retail for R25 – R30 from Blink in Seapoint, Marigold off Kloof Street and in Cape Town. Love Books stocks them in Jozi.
Contact them on 022-921-3789 or email