FOR THE LOVE OF TYPE
Oh, how I love typography! I suppose it’s because I’m a wordsmith (Okay, journalist) that I love the look of words, fonts and typography and why I already have such a big collection of type-based prints from Keep Calm Gallery in the UK.
But this week, thanks to Louise over at Table Tonic, I stumbled upon New Zealand’s g&m design and promptly fell in love! What I like most about their work is that it’s all inked and printed by hand (using a collection of antique letterpress printer’s blocks originally destined for a coffee table) and every piece is personal.
g&m (otherwise known as Gretchen and Melissa) design and create hand-printed personalised typographic artworks on Italian paper or canvas. Gretchen says: “You come up with your 20 words and choose your colours and we will turn it into a piece of art. Words may be around a theme, or simply an eclectic collection of significant words, places and dates in someone’s life.” The perfect gift for for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, graduations or farewells or just a great treat to commission for your own wall at home.
Gretchen Fraser and Melissa Laterveer started their business after being inspired by a magazine feature on typography. They made some prints with Gretchen’s collection of printers’ blocks and the popularity of their designs with friends led them to establish g&m design in 2007. They now create hand-printed personalised typographic artworks for customers around the world.