Meticulous Ink is a letterpress print and stationery shop based in Bath, UK, founded and owned by Athena Cauley-Yu. We proudly offer utterly bespoke design, and stationery printed the old fashioned way - using 1960s presses, the finest papers, time, patience, and a deep rooted passion for being meticulous. The small, yet perfectly formed retail shop offers stationery, paper related goods, and calligraphy supplies. Behind the counter you'll see two enormous Heidelberg Windmill printing presses at work, printing all our Meticulous Ink stationery and greeting cards, along with your bespoke private projects. We print business cards, personal stationery, and wedding invitations among other things. At the very back of the studio we teach our lettering and calligraphy workshops. The space is calm and friendly, full of creative inspiration and tactile, analogue trinkets.
Meticulous Ink can be found at the northern end of Walcot Street in the beautiful city of Bath. You are most welcome to visit, where you’ll receive a warm welcome from a stationery enthusiast and may be lucky enough to see our printing presses in action.
9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday
We are currently temporarily closed due to the Coronavirus situation. You can still order online!
If you'd like to discuss a bespoke print project we recommend booking a face-to face appointment to ensure we can give you our undivided attention. Alternatively do give us a call, though you are most welcome to drop in to the shop.Book an appointment
ATHENA CAULEY-YUOwner FAVOURITE PANTONE: 3245 FAVOURITE TYPEFACE: Neutraface FAVOURITE STATIONERY: Rainbow Correspondence Card Set BACKGROUND Born in Oxford and raised in North London, Athena’s creativity was encouraged by her mother from a young age with all manner of craft, from knitting to collage and sculpture. Her stationery career began after completing her studies in Arts & Media in Farnham. Specialising in Fine Art Print due to the abundant space in the print studios, she went on to work at two private stationers in London before embarking on her own creative business venture in Meticulous Ink. Athena loves being hands on, teaching the copperplate calligraphy workshops, and does the majority of the design work for the business, as well as the day to day admin tasks.
When she’s not at the shop (a rare occurrance) Athena can most likely be found lindy hop swing dancing to vintage tunes or eating something sugary.
CLAIRE COULLONPresswoman FAVOURITE PANTONE: Neon 805 FAVOURITE TYPEFACE: Akzidenz Grotesk FAVOURITE STATIONERY: Lighthouse Greeting Card BACKGROUND Originally from France and having grown up across Europe and the Middle East, Claire studied Graphic Arts & Design in Leeds before working and studying in Brussels, Prague, Paris and New York and most recently Bath as an independent lettering artist, typographer and graphic designer. With a long term dream of working in a letterpress print shop, Claire initially joined Meticulous Ink as print finisher and is now thrilled to run the presses full time, alongside lettering work, print finishing and teaching the brush lettering workshop.
Outside of Meticulous Ink, Claire pursues her freelance lettering and branding projects, endlessly doodles letters and loves watching her young son develop his own love of letters.
JULIA GATLEYPrint Finisher FAVOURITE PANTONE: 159 FAVOURITE CARD STOCK: Colorplan Mist 540gsm FAVOURITE STATIONERY: Landscape Correspondence Card BACKGROUND Brought up in the Worcestershire countryside, Julia spent much of her childhood sat at her Grandmother’s kitchen table surrounded by pencil shavings, putty rubbers and Chinese paint brushes. She later went on to pursue her love of drawing at Kingston University, London, where she completed a degree in Illustration. An internship at a London based letterpress printers introduced her to the wonderful world of woodblock type and antique printing presses… and she was hooked. A few years on, after having run her own design and letterpress print studio, she is now proud to be part of the fabulous Meticulous Ink team.
When not at the shop, you’ll most likely find her admiring orchids in subtropical greenhouses or playing the piano on a rainy day.
PETER HIGGSPrint Finisher FAVOURITE PANTONE: Process Blue FAVOURITE TYPEFACE: Caslon Italic Swash FAVOURITE STATIONERY: Meticulous Iron Gall Ink BACKGROUND After leaving Hornsey College of Art, where he studied Graphics & Photography, Peter worked in advertising and photography in London. In the 1980s Peter moved to Bristol to set up his own photographic processing and printing business, working closely with independent artists, photographers and art galleries. Not wanting to retire after the digital revolution in photography, Peter now uses his creative skills at Meticulous Ink.
On his days away from the shop, Peter volunteers at the RUH Bath, continues his love of photography, and is also an excellent lindy hop swing dancer with Athena.