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Monthly ArchiveOctober 2010



Studio projects Thursday October 28 2010 02:06 pm

.918 Club and Boxcards

We were joined by some members of the .918 Club, a historical letterpress group in Lancaster, PA. We had a nice bit of discussion, a couple of Nick & Joe’s extra large pizzas, looked at new Lead Graffiti work, and printed some Boxcards that they are going to try to sell at the Heritage Center Museum Print Shop in Lancaster. All money will go to support the .918 Club and their work demonstrating early 20th-century printing processes.

Studio projects Wednesday October 13 2010 01:23 am

Tall ships & tall tales

Here’s something I love about being a designer.

Everyone can use it.

Here’s something I love about being a letterpress printer.

Everyone can use it.

Here’s something I love about being a designer who prints via letterpress.

Everyone can use it. And offering it is an offer that is hard to refuse.

Lead Graffiti has agreed to take on Delaware’s Kalmar Nyckel, a tall ship, as a pro bono account. Posters, certificates, maybe some cards, and anything else we can think of.

Ever been in Boy Scouts? Like to tie knots? This may be heaven. Hmmm. Black rope. Hmmm.

Kalmar Nyckel

Jill and I signed up to take the volunteer course of ten Saturdays from January - April so we can get seriously involved. Standing on the crow’s nest (turns out it is called a ‘fighting top’) under full sail would be a fun experience. Not sure I can have it, but it is worth a try.

One of the events is a week-long voyage. This should be fun.

The original Kalmar Nyckel sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638 leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European setlement in the Delaware Valley, the Colony of New Sweden in present-day Wilmington, Delaware. She made a total of four roundtrip crossings of the Atlantic, more than any other ship of the era. Her first voyage to the New World left 24 settlers of Swedish, Finnish, German and Dutch descent in the Delaware Valley.

First poster is due in three weeks. We’ll keep you posted on our progress as things happen. This would be a good project to share with an intern.

Studio projects Thursday October 07 2010 09:48 am

Nick & Jennifer's save-the-date cards

Back when I taught design, one of the things I often emphasized was to produce ideas that seemed inevitable, i.e. once you see the idea you cannot think of doing it any other way. This is like that.

I’ve been married twice and both engagements were pretty short, so I don’t grasp the notion of a wedding that is 15 months in the future. When Nick came to us the wedding date was a long way off, so it was going to be six months before they even needed the save-the-date card.

We tried to figure out how to make that a positive and came up with the idea of doing four save-the-date cards that would be sent on a monthly cycle. Above are the first two along with the information card that accompanies each. The others will follow, but we don’t want to give them away. We’ll put them up as they go out.

They are all about firsts and May 6, the big day. Each of the four has a wonderful symbolic connection to a wedded couple. I’ll say that talking about baseball and scoring is one of them. I’ll let you figure out the others.

This is the text.

May 6th: 1889 The Eiffel Tower officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris. The tower served as the entrance arch to the fair, which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, an event traditionally symbolizing the beginning of the French Revolution.  The tower was constructed of puddle iron, a form of purified wrought iron, and was designed by Gustave Eiffel.

May 6th: 1915 Babe Ruth of the Boston Red Sox hits his first major-league home run. In the third inning at the Polo Grounds, the 20 year old, Ruth hit his first home run off the first pitch from Yankee right-hander Jack Warhop. George Herman Ruth ended his career with 714 home runs, 2,873 hits and 2,217 RBIs.

May 6th: 1938 Dorothy officially landed in the Land of Oz. The death certificate of the Wicked Witch of the East was signed by W.W. Barister, M.D. who wrote, “I hereby cerify that I attended deceased from May 6th to May 6th, 1938″ at 12:30 pm. The date also marks the death of L. Frank Baum, the author of the original Wizard of Oz who died in 1919.

May 6th: 1965 In their Clearwater, Florida, hotel room Mick Jagger and Keith Richards created the opening guitar riff of “Satisfaction” following Richards’ purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. “Satisfaction” gave the Rolling Stones their first number one hit in the United States and remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Satisfaction” in the second spot on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

Studio projects Friday October 01 2010 01:30 am

Oak Knoll Fest keepsake

Lead Graffiti teamed up with Chris Manson, a wonderful illustrator in Washington, D.C., to produce a keepsake for the attendees of Oak Knoll Fest XVI. Fest runs from October 1 - 3 in New Castle, DE.

The keepsake is 22.25″ x 8.5″ and is printed directly from the woodcut on Hahnemühle mould-made Bugra Gray in two colors

Oak Knoll Fest keepsake with Chris Manson

We got to Oak Knoll Fest for Friday’s panel discussion (which was quite interesting). We laid the keepsakes in each chair with a hot sheet of paper and a rubberband so people could roll them. Made a nice looking scene. This is another example of why we love letterpress. We don’t think an inkjet print would do this quite as well.

Oak Knoll Fest keepsake with Chris Manson

For a larger image of the keepsake and some printing details, you can click here.