Workshop created in 1980
Workshop created in 1980
Ever since it was first produced, the paper has been carved to match the details of seals and mouldings, embossed for relief patterns or stamped to fit into cavities. The pressure of the hand presses has increased tenfold today and the increasingly fine and precise engravings make it possible to work a 3D pattern, mixing the finest details with the most sculpted embossing. How do you transfer a visual onto paper? Which solutions and textures are transferable and, above all, how far can you go? This is the subject of this post and proposal: and of our workshops that play with the limits of paper to surpass them!
"WHEN THE IDEA IS TO ACCENTUATE THE EFFECT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, AND THE SUPPORT IS THICK, STAMPING IS THE BEST SOLUTION."
During the night, the magnesium engraving factory runs so that a file received, checked, BAT is engraved and delivered in a few hours. In the early morning, the foilers discover their tools, prepare them and refine the details by hand. Engravers and foilers work hand in hand to tame the clichés by melting the cast iron and paper. Under 2 to 200 tons of pressure, they seek balance by "betting" to distribute even pressure on the paper. The techniques seem mechanical, yet they require the dexterity of a tightrope walker to strike his precious tools on such a fragile sheet of paper.
Printing takes on its true meaning when the object melts into the paper, when the front is marked on a card, when the details of a garment, the lace of a dress become a leaf. We take care of these steps with a 3D developer capable of modelling an HD file and a team of craftsmen who are experienced in setting up the engraved plates on their embossing presses. They know the hazards of a sharp shape, the whims of a paper that is too stiff, the solutions to get your details at the heart of a massive volume. Only the chosen paper dictates its limits, combustible, ephemeral, sensitive.
When the idea is to accentuate the effect as much as possible, and the substrate is thick, embossing is the best solution. But what surface, what thickness, what type of material? We have tested many; leather takes details and small typographies very well, corrugated cardboard imposes fairly thick typographies, whilst dense cardboard allows visuals, typos, and textures to express themselves at their best. Felt is the most capricious, only accepting to reveal the letters if their fineness adapts to its fibres.
The invitation to Luxe Pack Monaco 2017 designed by Made Thought reproduces the signature of Monaco in a sculpted embossing then laser-cut, carefully superimposed. When we saw this design, we imagined that the laser would have difficulty attacking these papers deformed by the pressure of the embossing… and yet here it is, laser perfectly fixed on the embossing, paper transformed into an object.