Katerina specializes in graphic design and letterpress printing with her studio located in the heart of the old town in Limassol, Cyprus. After her BA in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins in London, she continued her studies with an MA in Visual Culture and focused on Museum Curating in particular. She always imagined having a small arty space of her own and eventually combined her love for design and antiques with the art of letterpress.
NEBIOLO: A STORY ABOUT SERENDIPITY:
The story of how the Table Top Platen Press found a home at the Letterpressed studio is a magical one. Katerina and her husband Isidoros, had been searching for a small letterpress printer for some time with no luck. The local printers had thrown their hand held presses in the skip years ago and so it was impossible to find one in Cyprus. After many online searches and email exchanges, Katerina had almost settled on a machine that would be shipped from England. Little did she know that Isidoros would surprise her with a table top press which he discovered…in the house next door. You see, they had recently moved into their new home and Isidoros had heard that the neighbouring house used to be a printer some 60 years ago. He contacted the owner and asked whether any old printing equipment had been stored away. That’s where, in the old shed adjacent to their house, he discovered a 1900s letterpress printing machine which was lovingly restored and christened Nebiolo, it’s manufacturer’s name.
Our most recent addition is a Golding Jobber no. 8 press. This beautiful, late 19th century printing machine has travelled across the globe over the past century. The story we managed to piece together is that the press originally manufactured in Boston and London then travelled from South Africa to Cyprus in 1932. . Since then it has been owned by two different printers and has now found a permanent home at the Letterpressed studio. It currently needs some repairing and care, but will soon be up and running.
What is remarkable is how scarce these presses have become, especially in this corner of the world. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that in Cyprus there is no other like it and we are so very proud to own it. We have named him Harry.