Founded in 2011, Inkwell Originals is the in-house studio of Inkwell Modern Handmade Boutique & Letterpress Studio located in downtown Halifax. Its products are a collaboration by graphic designers Andrea Rahal and Daniel MacDonald. The studio operates antique letterpresses to create tactile products from art prints to custom stationery.
Letterpress is a centuries-old printing process that uses a cast iron printing press. The presses are hand powered and the paper is fed by hand, which takes time and requires a high degree of skill. The end result is a charming and tactile impression in the paper. The classic feel and finish of letterpress paper takes printing back to an era of quality and craftsmanship.
Our work is inspired by the ocean and coastline, as well as our beautiful province and the people of our city. Our current product line consists of art prints, greeting cards, postcards, stationery and drink coasters.
We use a combination of hand drawn elements and illustrations designed on a computer to make a hard substrate called a polymer plate to imprint our designs on the press.
Isabella (Pretty Izzy) is a floor model Golding Pearl Improved #11 c. 1921 See Izzy’s journey + restoration
Jasper Oatman (JO) is a Vandercook SP-15 c. 1965
Inkwell also offers custom letterpress printing of personal stationery, business cards, event invitations, posters and art prints.
We approach letterpress printing as an art form. We enjoy the hands-on approach to printing and work with clients to create unique, hand printed pieces. Interested in letterpress printing? Check out our FAQ’s to answer any question you may have.