For the love of print | Grafica Fildalga

The smell of fresh ink, the sound of the presses. It’s good, isn’t it? If a pressroom makes you swoon, meet Brazilian printers, Grafica Fildalga.

Grafica Fildalga, in São Paulo, makes posters on a 1929 German letterpress using hand-carved wooden letters. This video documents the three friends who make up Grafica Fildalga as they create the a poster commissioned by  Coolhunting.com.

Called “lambe lambe,” the lightweight paper used for the posters was designed for wheat-pasting and, before São Paulo’s “clean city” initiative, could be found throughout the city. Thanks to the gallery Choque Cultural, who regularly makes posters for their shows with Grafica Fildalga, they’ve been able to stay alive but they could still use more help. Go ahead, hire them. Email the gallery’s director Edu (esaretta [at] gmail [dot] com).

Thanks to Swiss Miss for the introduction and the link. Now I believe I will open a bottle of wine and watch the video again. I can almost smell the ink.

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1 Response to “For the love of print | Grafica Fildalga”


  1. 1 Ann May 27, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Oh what memories this brings back. The rhythm of the press, the sound of the paper, the smell of the ink. Thanks.


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