Fluid Ink - by Davina Farinola
Fluid Ink, prints letterpress coasters, greeting cards, gift tags and invitations onto cotton paper and recycled card stock using photopolymer plates, vintage illustrated blocks and moveable wood & metal type.
I’m extremely lucky to be able to work from a home studio. This allows me to operate at odd hours to accommodate my awesome family’s needs. I have 2 presses – A Golding Pearl #3 (‘Mavis’) built in Boston USA in 1892 and our main workhorse ‘The Admiral’ a 1913 Chandler and Price. I mix all of my inks by hand from my library of base inks, using Pantone formulae. The appeal is being hands on, messy and sometimes quite physical.
Printing something new is always a happy surprise. The digital versions can only hint at how the final letterpress versions may turn out when printed in a solid oil based colour, pressed into cotton paper. Having customers pick up their bespoke letterpress pieces is both a nervous and wonderful experience. Watching them see their invitations/stationery for the first time is very rewarding. For me, to be able to make a sale to a stranger that has searched through hundreds of cards and concluded that one of mine is their perfect choice, is an astonishing honor.
With a passion for Indi design and a commitment to conquer the ‘work – life balance’ plus appearances in markets and 'Montage Collective Pop Up shops' in Perth, as well as being a team leader for the ETSY WA street team, and organising ETSY events such as 'ETSY Craft Parties' and 'Etsy Made Local Markets', life is certainly busy but full!
Fluid Ink Letterpress