We should probably start with the obligatory introduction: I’m Theo Wang and I’ve set up this new venture. Some of you may know me previously as one of the co-founders of SORT, the Society Of Revisionist Typographers, which I set-up in 2009 with my fellow London College of Printing graduate Mr Tom Boulton. We both had a deep interest in working with letterpress and doing our best to help keep the craft alive, having had printers in our families. Since then we grew from working with a couple of Adanas in our spare rooms and garages up to having two studios and over seven restored Victorian printing presses. With these we designed and manufactured our extensive range of letterpress products and stationery items plus we worked with some fantastic clients including the V&A, Tate Modern, the Southbank Centre, the Design Museum, the Museum of London, Fortnum & Mason and many others.
Alas, times change and we have decided to both move on to new endeavours. As Print & Ephemera, I’ll definitely be continuing with letterpress printing; keeping the treadle press running and developing a new range of products as well as running workshops and taking on commissions of all shapes and sizes.
But, as you may have guessed from the name, I’ll be expanding the range of services and products to include some other crafts and kindred trades. Long before we set up SORT I had a deep-rooted love of typography and vintage advertising, both from an aesthetic point of view and the language used. In particular I had an interest in printed ephemera; the throw-away items that are not meant to last forever; billheads, bus tickets, packaging, pamphlets, chapbooks, matchboxes and many more. It was this that led me to becoming a letterpress printer but also fostered my interest in sign writing, especially in London with its plethora of “ghost signs” that can still be seen if you look hard enough. Additionally, it’s through having spent a significant amount of time working with antique, turn of the century equipment that has resulted in me branching out into tool restoration and renovating utilitarian / industrial furniture. Both of these crafts will be added to the list of products and services I’m developing.