Thursday, December 12, 2013

New shop in town....

As most of you know we took part in the amazing Shoestring Collective pop up shop, which closed it's doors two weeks ago. But we are delighted to announce that we will be supplying a new pop up shop currently open in the Kloof Street Lifestyles Centre. It is called PRESENTspace and will be open until February next year. I think it is a great place to do Christmas shopping, as it has long opening hours.  Have a look at their facebook

Another wonderful shop that has just opened, that we are supplying is called SAM (South African Market). It opened it's doors last week and is situated at 107 Bree street, just above La Parada.
They have a whole host of South African designers involved and it's a very cool space.
They have a wide range of our stock, including some of our last 2014 Artist's Almanacs.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Bon Journals 2.0

Our new Bon Journals are finished!

This year we went for pink and olive with blue and red stiching. We hope you like it.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

finally: new artworks

The first of the new artworks are finally for sale at our store.

 Here is some detail from "eclipse" which is a lined artwork by Ben Grib. Selling for R 230.

Printed with coal black ink on Natural evolution paper.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

New Artworks

We have designed a whole host of new artworks to celebrate being back at work.
Here is a little sneak peak...

They are available on our store

Facebook page

We finally have gotten round to starting a very much needed Facebook page.
Address is:

have a look!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Our new Logo

It has been 6 exciting months since Essie Letterpress went on maternity leave, but all good things come to and end.
To mark our return we decided to give ourselves a bit of a spit and polish. So we got hold of Jordan Metclaf, one of South Africa's premier typographers, to spin some of his magic our way.

The results came our clean and crisp with a lovely classical whimsy splashed all over it.

We hope you like it, we sure do.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Artist Almanac 2014 Line up

I am happy to announce that we have found our 13 artists for the 2014 Almanac. We have a lovely mix of upstarts, superstars, illustrators, artists and typographers.

Here they are:

Cover Muti
Jan Hanno van Zyl
Feb Jason de Villiers
Mar Alex Latimer
Apr Bruce Macay
May Hylton warburton
Jun Nicolas Rix
Jul Lize Marie Dreyer
Aug Nina Torr
Sep Christi Du Toit
Oct Lauren Fowler
Nov Fanakalo
Dec Andres Pallavicini

Good luck to everyone involved.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Coast to Coasters

We are launching an exiting new project soon called Travel Coasters. It is a set of 9 coasters, each celebrating a different province in South Africa. All the design work is done and now its up that mountain called Printing.
 Here is a preview

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A new arrival....

As most of you will have realised we have a little bun in the oven due to arrive any day now.... and we are super, duper excited!

We have designed and printed the Baby shower invites, and will hopefully do the same for the Birth Announcements, although who knows if I will have the time for this?

I will be on Maternity Leave from now until the beginning of August, and as a result will not be able to help you with any printing needs. Ben will however still be available to offer a Design service for those of you who would like to get invites etc designed by us. You can contact him on

We are really looking forward to this special time in our lives, and I look forward to getting  back to work later in the year.

Our online store will still be operational during this Maternity period.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Clare and Richard Wedding Invitations

These are the most recent wedding invitations that we have designed and printed.

The bridal couple wanted a Wild Olive Tree to be the central icon of the invitation, with a decorative border around it.

They went with an A6 size, landscape format printed on a textured Cream paper in a handmixed Lilac and Sage Green.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Hanneke & Abrie wedding invites

These are our latest printed wedding invitations. They were designed by the Bride, Hanneke, who is a designer.

We paired up a handmixed Sage Green with our Cool Grey, and printed the A5 invites on a textured, Cream paper that is 250gsm thick. The bride opted for brown Manila envelopes to complete the look.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Megan & Waldo wedding invites

We recently printed these A6 size wedding invitations, designed by the bridal couple, who are both designers.

We hand mixed a light teal and printed them on an Ivory cardstock.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Simone and Jaco Wedding Invites

We printed these wedding invites and envelopes at the end of the year last year.
They were designed by Charle Van Der Walt, a friend of the bride.

We used our Musky Purple on a Cream card stock. Size is A5.

We particularly like the 'Crest' design on the envelopes.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Yellow Submarine Baby Shower invites

This is the baby shower invite that my talented husband designed for our little bundle of joy, who is due to arrive on the 1st of March!

The theme for the little Sir is Yellow Submarine (with a hint of Steve Zizzou).

Here is the electronic Save the Date:

We mixed our own blue and yellow. A picture of a very pregnant me doing the printing.

And the final product....

Monday, January 7, 2013

Happy New Year!

We would like to wish all of our loyal followers and any new visitors to our site very Happy New Year! We hope that it's an exciting and successful one.

We are very excited for the coming year and are hoping to introduce some new products and ranges and to grow Essie Letterpress in the coming year, so watch this space!