Borrowing the Italian word “affetto”, meaning “affection”, Affetto Press creates affectionate, beautifully designed paper goods.
Founded by Sarah Cassani in 2019, Affetto Press is a small design studio (a one woman shop!) with a focus on luxury letterpress printing and design solutions with a clean, modern aesthetic.
In a world dominated by flat, digital printing, letterpress printed materials possess a unique, tactile quality, with an impression that can be felt on paper. This old-fashioned method of printing is an art form in itself. From designing with metal type, to mixing the perfect color, to pressing inks into thick cotton paper with help from an antique printing press — this process cannot be duplicated by modern technology. Letterpress is a very unique method of printing dating back to the 15th century, and the result is gorgeous!
Design Services for Business
With a professional background in graphic design, Sarah continues to take on design projects for businesses and causes that are close to her heart. From logos to marketing design, Sarah works with her clients to create strategic design solutions. Find out more.
The Letterpress Studio & Process
Affetto Press is a full service design and letterpress print studio located in both southern Maine and downtown Dover, New Hampshire.
Sarah utilizes both antique equipment and modern technology to carry on the art of letterpress printing. She prints larger works on a 1912 Golding Pearl press, lovingly named “Tiny” who weighs in at just over 700 lbs. Smaller works like stationery and gift tags are printed on a smaller tabletop press. Sarah utilizes a vast collection of metal type and ornaments for most stationery and on-demand projects. For more involved works, she has custom plates made. Either way, Affetto Press can print most any design or project that you can dream up.
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