I saw this video over at Mint today and just had to repost it. Studio on Fire takes you through printing a piece on a letterpress. I may be biased because I own two letterpresses myself but seeing as neither are tip top shape yet (does anyone have any suggestions on studios I could spend a month at learning?), this was just super inspiring. Oh, want more inspiration? Check out Beast Pieces, Studio on Fire’s printed pieces blog.
Posted by Vikki on December 17th at 9:17am
One of my most favourite, super-inspiring blogs, Beast Pieces (the blog for the work of the hella-amazing, top notch Studio on Fire), posted these delicious invites by Julia Kostreva today. I love how there’s not only a colour degredé in the flowers, but there is a little halftone defining them. I can’t resist taking notes - this suite is pretty much perfect!
Posted by Vikki on August 31st at 9:05am
Thank-you to the Guardian for posting this little slideshow gem on the art of letterpress as part of the Disappearing Acts series. It features Hand & Eye press in London, and I’ve never seen it explained better. [via LETPRESS].
Posted by Vikki on April 14th at 12:06pm
Did I mention I was lucky enough to buy a letterpress several months ago? It’s true! I’m the proud owner of a Craftsmen Superior Pilot Clone (it sounds like it’s from space, but trust me, it’s not). I’ve named the letterpress ‘Tiny’ (because Tiny is actually huge), and Veekee Workshop will be pleased to print custom invites and stationary and whatever you heart desires very very soon. Sadly, right at the moment there’s a few issues one comes across with a 50-100 year old all-metal machine that just need to be fixed up. While Tiny awaits the attentions of a local machinist, it just sits in the shop taunting me everyday, and I cannot tell you how much I simply can’t wait to start printing. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, I’ve been reading up on tabletop and platen printing. Today I came across a really wonderful book called Personal impressions: The small printing press in nineteenth-century America by Elizabeth M. Harris. Not only it written by the former head of the Printing & Graphic Arts department of the Smithsonian Institution, but it’s gorgeously illustrated. Until I can get my hands on a physical copy, we’re all lucky Google Books has scanned it in. Enjoy!
Posted by Vikki on February 22nd at 8:03pm