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Monthly ArchiveNovember 2006

Studio projects Thursday November 23 2006 09:35 am

Raven Press & curly brackets

This is an early piece Jill and I did at Raven Press. I’ve always been intrigued by punctuation and the ‘other’ characters that make up a type font. We had found two brass curly brackets early on. I was walking to the shop with the goal of printing something. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I was going to put ink on paper.

I had the two brass pieces in my pocket and I was sliding them against each other and shuffling them front to back as I was walking across the parking lot, like you would do with two quarters.

Raven Press. Curly brackets. Those drawings of birds you did in elementary school. The idea and layout was done while I walked about 40 feet.

I had two brackets, but wanted a flock, so 25 posters (about 15″ x 22″) were produced in FOURTEEN RUNS over one day.

Here is a closeup to give you a better idea of how it looked. I’ve always loved how nice some typography is when you turn it sideways and that is always an easy thing to do when printing via letterpress.

It has always been one of my favorite pieces.

Now we have about 50 of the brass curly brackets in all kinds of sizes.

inventory / collection & inventory / important type Tuesday November 21 2006 11:12 am

36 point Aigrette

This was a nice full upper and lowercase font that we thought might be good for printing names on certificates. There is enough of it that you could set a number of names before needing to redistribute.

inventory / important type Tuesday November 21 2006 11:10 am

12 line Gill Sans

Our first full wood typeface and it was nice to make it Gill Sans. Gill Sans has been one of our favorite typefaces for a while now.  We even did a gravestone rubbing of Eric Gill’s grave site in Spean, England.

inventory / important type Tuesday November 21 2006 09:38 am

10 line Cheltenham Condensed Outline

An eBay buy in a nice complete font of Cheltenham Condensed Outline. Now if we can develop the mechanism of producing our own wood type it would be nice to create the insides so we could print these in two colors.

type & Lettering Sunday November 19 2006 10:35 am

Eastern Shore of Virginia / potatoes

This is a handpainted sign we photographed on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. There is just something wonderfully human about it you just cannot get at FastSigns.

type & Lettering Sunday November 19 2006 10:28 am

Type over time / Eastern Shore of Virginia

Two new photos of the effect of time on type taken on a visit to the Eastern Shore of Virginia to visit our friends Becky & Bernie Herman.

Histories of Newark: 1758-2008 & Studio projects Saturday November 18 2006 10:47 pm

Histories of Newark

Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher of Wallflowers Press (now Lead Graffiti) have accepted an offer from the city of Newark to design a book celebrating its 250th anniversary (1758-2008). The book is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2007.

This is a link to our blog entry about the final book.

You can also see the deluxe edition in our portfolio.

Studio projects Saturday November 18 2006 10:43 pm

LetPress calendar pages

Wallflowers Press is a supporter of LetPress, an online discussion group listserv, that exchanges ideas, techniques and other information about letterpress. Enough of us agreed to do one page of a 5″ x 7″ calendar to produce four complete calendars plus covers. There are three North American calendars and one British/European calendar. Jill contributed one of the North American covers and Ray contributed one of the North American Januarys.

Title: LetPress 2007 North American calendar / Cover
Client: LetPress listserv
Edition: 60
Inks: 3
. . . 1 ink handrolled on the background
. . . 2 inks using press rollers
Production: photopolymer
Software: InDesign
Size: 5″ (w) x 7″ (h)
Press: Vandercook Universal 3
Paper: cover stock
. . . large: Gothic Extended / wood type and reduced
. . . small: Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed
Designer: Jill Cypher
Printers: Jill Cypher & Ray Nichols

Title: LetPress 2007 North American calendar / January
Client: LetPress listserv
Edition: 60
Ink: none
. . . 2 runs of debossing (two depths)
Software: InDesign
Size: 5″x 7″
Press: Vandercook Universal 3
Paper: Stonehenge
Fonts: Joanna
Designer: Ray Nichols
Printers: Ray Nichols & Jill Cypher

Story: I wanted to do something that would look different than I was expecting for the other months. We are getting ready to move our equipment into a new studio space and right now it is all under a tarp under our carport. With the temperature hovering around 45 most of the days I wanted to print I was nervous about putting ink on the press. So it often snows in January and a nice white calendar page seemed to make sense.

important equipment Saturday November 18 2006 11:50 am

Vandercook SP-15

Wallflowers Press has added a Vandercook SP-15 to its inventory. We bought this off of eBay. Turned out to not be in quite as good a shape as it looked in the photo, but those things have been corrected, and we’ve printed tens of thousands of sheets with it.

We wanted a smaller Vandercook that used a hand crank so we could offer letterpress classes or press rental.

. . . Serial number: 26817 (built in 1967)
. . . Maximum sheet size: 14 x 20
. . . Maximum form: 14 x 18
. . . Bed size: 15 x 31
. . . Floor space: 32 x 69
. . . Weight: 705 pounds

Currently our workhorse is a Vandercook Universal III (an 18 x 24 image on an 18 x 28 sheet) with automatic paper delivery for limited edition fine press books.