A few weeks back I was scrolling my twitter feed when some striking marbling stopped me in my tracks. The photographs were progress shots from Emily Hancock’s binding process of her latest release a gorgeous letterpress printed edition of Michael Delp’s poetry.
Anthony Burrill and Alan Kitching, have collaborated on a new print entitled Joy. The poster was created in a limited run of 100, with each poster printed by hand.
“Letterpress printing involved complex, arcane processes; what used to be a commonplace means of communication is now both craft and art. It is celebrated for what makes it different from today’s digital defaults. The way wood and metal type has to be set and printed presents designer, compositor and printer – now often the same person – with limitations that can also be seen as freedoms.”
Inspired by provocative language that has stood the test of time, poetry that captures the beauty of the human experience, and philosophy that drives us to examine and re-examine. This New york based creative studio aims to create book & poetry inspired art and thoughtfully designed gifts that prompt conversations and bring aesthetic joy to everyday objects. Beautiful language deserves beautiful treatment.
A letterpress specimen of Bifur wood type, designed and printed by Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, Associate Curator of the Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT. Amelia’s master’s thesis focused on Deberny et Peignot, the French foundry that originally produced Bifur. The colophon text is printed from vintage Peignot metal type—another classic typeface designed by A.M. Cassandre. This 12" x 19" specimen print is hand-printed in four colors, with five press runs, in a strictly limited edition of 42 copies. And, for the month of March, they are offering the digital versions of P22 Bifur at 50% off!
Drew’s ABCs is a project of passion that Ned and Brenda have been dreaming about accomplishing for the past 5 years. Limited to an edition of 350. In its wonderful pages, the alphabet comes alive. The concept for the book was to expose the richness of diversity within typography and celebrate its differences.
An American private press founded by Spencer Kellogg, Jr., in the 1920s. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, the Aries Press produced exceptional examples of fine printing. This deluxe (Signed and numbered) edition of 50 is a collaboration with P22 Type Foundry, RIT Press, and Wells College Press. Featuring letterpress printed pages, and gorgeous marbled endpapers by Stephen Pittelkow.
Nick Summers instagram account has been step by step documenting the process of moulding and casting type. Inspired by Dafi Kuhne he spent most the last four weeks casting a large fount of 6-line condensed gothic in polyurethane, from a wood type original. He illustrates and descirbes the process in great detail
Dafi Kühne released this inspirational (& informative!) video documenting the production of his latest poster. Whereby he paints lettering forms with a stiff bristle brush in PVA glue to create a relief before mounting the dried sheet as a plate at type high to print gorgeous fluid and highly textural forms. (Mind blown once again - I am a huge fan of Dafi’s work and brave approach to experimentation with print media).
Paul shaw’s newsletter this month previewed a book on the history of the Tipoteca. Designed by Simon Esterson, the designer of Eye magazine, printed and produced [metallic inks, short sheets, letterpress inserts, gatefolds and more] by Grafiche Antiga, run by the Antiga family that created the Tipoteca. There are contributions by James Clough, James Mosley, Jim and Bill Moran of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Alan Kitching, Erik Spiekermann, Leonardo Sonnoli, Enrico Tallone and others.