Graham Judd trained as a letterpress machinist in a rural town in New Zealand in the late 1960s. He retrained on offset as letterpress was phased out, later moving to Auckland to finally set up a small commercial print shop with offset and digital presses. In the 1990s Graham got a hankering for his letterpress roots, eventually purchased a Heidelberg platen and has kept himself busy with letterpress printing, training two ‘apprentice’ ladies, and making trips to USA on letterpress “adventures.” Although nearing the end of his career in print, Graham is still passionate about letterpress, and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
Melissa Meyer is a letterpress printer from Lawrence, Kansas at her studio, Little Doris Press. She enjoys the process of designing with vintage tools, getting inky and the problem solving it requires. She incorporates new and old techniques in her work. From hand-set lead type and wood type to photo polymer plates to fly swatters to legos. Melissa demonstrates letterpress printing annually at Albany Days in Albany, KS and works letterpress into client design work whenever possible. Melissa learned about letterpress during her design studies at The University of Kansas and she worked at Hatch Show Print and Hammerpress. She has been collecting letterpress skills and paraphernalia ever since.
His avocation turning into his vocation, Dick eventually retired as Vice President of Technology at one of the larger St. Louis printers. After retirement, he started a small letterpress company to have something to do as well as have a place to hide.