What is letterpress?
Traditionally, letterpress printing is a relief printing process whereby the matrix (a printing block) is inked and then pressed into paper using wood and cast lead type. Today’s letterpress printing carries on this tradition and enhances it using digital photopolymer plates to create the classic and highly cherished embossed look. By incorporating new digital techniques with this traditional process, we are able to develop fresh, contemporary yet timeless pieces for any occasion.
Behind Treffen Press
Treffen Press is owned and operated by business partners Tim Van Ginkel and James Meara. For more info about our customization process and services, or to request a quote, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A former educator based in Kansas City, James used his passion for design, drawing, and printmaking to inspire his students. Seeking further mastery of his chosen discipline, he then pursued an MFA in Printmaking from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque. While at UNM, he met a kindred spirit—Tim Van Ginkel, a fellow printmaking aficionado and then Assistant Professor in the Department of Art. James is also the co-editor and lead designer for The HAND Magazine—a quarterly publication dedicated to featuring hand-made processes incorporating printmaking and photography. He is thrilled to call Rhode Island home and when he is not busy at the studio, he loves walking its many beaches collecting stones, hiking through wildlife reserves, and eating ice cream at Three Sisters.
Originally from Iowa, Tim earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Iowa and studied letterpress and book arts at the Center for the Book. Before co-founding Treffen Press he taught lithography for three years at Illinois State University before landing an Assistant Professor position at the University of New Mexico. At UNM, Tim taught advanced courses in lithography and intaglio and held a collaborative appointment with the Tamarind Institute where he co-taught the collaborative lithography class each spring. He has also taught courses in photography and experimental transfer techniques at Southeastern Community College and the Irvine Fine Arts Center in Irvine, CA. When he is not at the shop you can find him playing his drums or hanging out with Serena and their two adorable cats and super charming corgi named Twix.