Do you use those machines then?
Yes. Yes we do use our two Original Heidelberg printing presses, and this is a question we get asked a lot. Our 1960s presses are what we use to print all our greeting cards, stationery box sets and printed matter that we sell in the tiny shop area of our studio. We also use them to produce bespoke print projects - from business cards and wedding invites to packaging and bookmarks. Behind the counter you can see our printworks, where the machines whirr and breathe. We proudly create bespoke design, and stationery printed the old fashioned way - using beautiful papers, time, patience, and a deep rooted passion for being meticulous. At the very back of the studio we usually teach our lettering and calligraphy workshops, though sadly these are on hold at the moment. The space is calm and friendly, full of creative inspiration and tactile, analogue trinkets.
You can find us 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.
Click & Collect: 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Our shop is currently closed to the public, though you can shop online.
If you'd like to discuss a bespoke print project we recommend giving us a call so we can talk through the details.Book an appointment
ATHENA CAULEY-YUOwner FAVOURITE PANTONE: 3245 U 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, opening in 2010. Athena loves being hands on, teaching the copperplate calligraphy workshops, and does the majority of the design work, as well as everything else that comes with running a business. (Bookeeping, ink making, purchasing stock, and occasionally bleaching the sink)
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.
NONA HENCKEN-SPURLINGPresswoman FAVOURITE PANTONE: 2018 U FAVOURITE CARD STOCK: Colorplan Mist 540gsm FAVOURITE STATIONERY: Dark Calligraphy Practice Pad BACKGROUND Growing up in London, Nona started making greetings cards for friends and family from a young age, taking her drawings to the local stationery shop to be photocopied. She began practicing calligraphy in her downtime whilst studying Classical Studies at the University of Bristol, and became enamoured with Meticulous Ink. A short course in Typography at Central Saint Martins introduced her to letterpress printing and she undertook further workshops at The Letterpress Collective in Bristol, where she could experiment with wood and lead type. Over the last few years she has undertaken freelance lettering and illustration commissions, and continues to create lettering works for her instagram.
Beyond the shop, Nona is usually trying to read Harry Potter in Latin, hanging out with her cat, and continues to make cards for friends and family.
PETER HIGGSPrint Finisher FAVOURITE PANTONE: Process Blue U 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.