Letterpress printed 100+ year old type cut
I needed access to a letterpress machine – without buying one. The best deal in town is to take Contemporary Letterpress with Grendl Löfkvist at City College of San Francisco, so I did that.
Post Card type cut from early 1900s
It was supposed to be meant for people wanting to learn how to translate a design into a photopolymer plate, but I kinda didn’t get the message – and printed woodblocks (see last post) and some 100+ year old type cuts that I’ve had for a while.
I wanted to make postcards that evoked the past, but would be affordable (and useable) today. I chose Fabriano Mediovalis as paper for those that like to use a fountain pen to write with.
Vintage type cut used to make contemporary post card.
I put them up on my BiblioForge Etsy store if you’d like a set. They’re $12.00 for five.
This isn’t earth shattering design, just a bit of fun, so have some!
Last year, I managed to teach a few classes but spent most of the year in a migraine fog; seven months without relief. But near the end of last year, I found a bodywork treatment that has relieved the pain. I didn’t get much done – and no blogging in a year!
Now that I feel better, I’ll be posting again. 😉
While I wasn’t able to do much work last year, I did some and I’ll post up my efforts as I go along.
I have an Etsy store called BiblioForge (tricky branding, right?) and have posted a few calligraphic woodblock prints.
The e.e. cummings quote was cut a couple of years ago and this fall I printed it letterpress.
Woodblock printed letterpress
Be Of Love woodblock handprinted
The alphabet was fun – I used a ruling pen to write out the letters, then cut them in wood. Printing on a Vandercook letterpress is a nice experience and oil based ink is completely different than water based ink.
Freely written alphabet cut in wood and printed letterpress
I’m a printer!
These two prints are available at BiblioForge on Etsy. The new year promises to be productive in terms of making and researching books!