Even in these modern times we need an anchor to a time when things were simpler and more meaningful. In Singapore, one of these anchors is The Gentlemen’s Press, a letterpress studio that defies our expectations of how a modern business should be like, by being slow, deliberate and thoughtful.
Hanging around the studio, one gets the sense that here, the limelight is on the tools. They are simple tools, the exact opposite of the expensive and mean machines commonly used in factories, but they do their job. The simplicity of the tools means that more time is needed to get a print done, but in letterpress printing, it’s certainly quality above quantity. No two print is the same, since each one is hand-pressed, and therein lies the strange allure of this archaic form of printing.
Two quiet and polite girls run The Gentlemen’s Press. They are young and fresh out of school. It takes some courage and a good amount of smarts to build a sustainable letterpress studio in Singapore, but being young helps one to stay focused on the possibilities. You don’t think about failure. Instead you ride along with your dream, going wherever it goes.
And The Gentlemen’s Press, I think, is going to bring us back to the past. The good old glorious past.