We’ve just finished up our last print job for the month, this client-designed poster for some upcoming concerts by local musician Allison Brown. Allison took part in our June session of Up The Mesh Count where she designed the screenprinted red background, and I added the letterpress text afterwards.
We gave letterpress demos in the studio during Walkerville Art Walk, and produced these two new 9×12 broadsides!
Letterpress posters for next week’s Surprise Party In The Snow exhibition!
We picked up a few pieces of letterpress equipment yesterday, including a nice heavy tray of this beautiful typeface, most of it never used:
Our friend Steve brought us a box full of maple scraps in different shapes and sizes that he cut to .918″ on the endgrain so we could make our own letterpress borders and ornaments. This is going to be fun to play with. Here’s the first test print of a few strips bordering a kicky ampersand.
Printed up a small series of t-shirts (classic cut in bright red, curvy cut in heathered red) with our Rat King design!
Today a student came into the studio and printed a little set of these sweet thank you cards using our gorgeous 24-pt shadow typeface. Blind embossing on Crane’s Lettra letterpress paper.
This tricky lockup is the beginning of some new letterpress posters. It takes a good deal of time, and trial and error, to get these curved shapes locked in tightly, but the results are always pretty satisfying.
As so often happens after a printing session, I got hit with a case of “what else can I print this on?” fever, so used up what ink was left to make a small run of simple, fun cards:
Today we had a student in for a private instruction session in letterpress. She printed a small set of cards and will be back next week to do another design!
This morning we had the students from Victor Romao’s Advanced Printmaking class from the School of Creative Arts, University of Windsor into the studio to set and print a collaborative broadside. It was a fun and energetic group of students and they made some great prints! Thanks Victor for bringing them out.