Emma Cheng is an illustrator and printmaker who works from her South London based studio producing stylish, modern and bespoke letterpress wedding stationery.
Emma loves to work with couples and tailor her designs to reflect their personality and style.
“I love the quality and texture of printmaking, and enjoy the process of printing onto luxurious 100% cotton paper using my beautiful vintage letterpress machine, ‘Percy’. Together we create stunning, unique invitations to set the tone for any special occasion.”
“Letterpress has a unique look and feel. It is a very labour intensive printing process that can create a distinctive, deep, ‘de-bossed’ impression by pressing an inked surface onto soft cotton paper. Traditionally, perfect letterpress printing would have been made using as little pressure as possible to create a totally flat impression. Nowadays a debossing effect is in high demand, and this delightful, elegant style has become very popular with wedding stationery. Originally moveable lead or wooden type and etched metal plates were used. But now, it is more common for designs to be computer generated and made into plastic polymer printing plates; making the possibilities endless.
“’De-boss’ means to indent into a surface, and that’s what letterpress stationary feels like.
So much more tactile and luxurious than a digital print.”