About us.

Typoretum is a small letterpress studio run by Justin Knopp and his wife Cecilia in North Essex, that provides a comprehensive and custom letterpress printing & design service.

Justin Knopp’s first practical introduction to letterpress printing came whilst studying BA (hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (1991-1994). After spending two days in the College’s Composing Room – a 1950s time capsule deep down in the bowels of the building – he quickly became fascinated by the creative potential of the process and by the ancient skills and ingenious machines employed to make it all happen.

Since graduating, his involvement with letterpress printing has deepened and he gradually acquired a substantial collection of lead and wooden types, printing machines and other paraphernalia – much of which he rescued and restored to working order.

The Occasional Print Club was formed in November 2008, in the corner of a thronging London ale house behind Fleet Street, by four typographers; Jonathan Kielty, Justin Knopp, Pat Randle and Ross Shaw. The group members meet occasionally to design and print letterpress posters, some of which are for sale on this website.

Nomad letterpress is run by Pat Randle from the same building as the Whittington Press which is situated in the Cotswolds near Cheltenham and specialise in design & print using only the letterpress process.

Based in rural North Essex, we provide a completely custom letterpress printing and design service.