The glamorous butterfly

Letterpress printing is reviving in London. For generations of designers born with laptops and technology, a solid letter block is something new, mysterious and charming. Something to discover slowly, as a game, accompanied by a glass of wine. That's what happens every Saturday afternoon during Stephen Kenny's workshops.

Entering a letterpress studio is a sensory experience. You smell the ink and learn about the history of typefaces. You fiddle with the vintage, hand-made wooden blocks and listen to the Stephenson Blake proofing press working. You fish through the letters to find the very ones that will make your own poster and slowly get a hint of a different era.