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Monthly ArchiveMay 2014



Studio projects Saturday May 24 2014 01:17 pm

Tyler School of Art Creative Letterpress :: 5/20/14

Below is the result from the second Tyler School of Art workshop.

This was a slightly smaller group and each student had a spread to work with so the look is a bit different.

We start with the line, “Once upon a time…” and then they finish it. Each participant picks an initial cap that is printed in the first color. Then they build their typography around it.

The end result is a 14-page hard cover ‘meander’ book which is wrapped in Lead Graffiti paste paper.

Below is the lockup for the second color and the 2-color broadside which forms the text block. In the broadside the top and third row have been rotated so all of the pages are oriented the same.

This image is 512 pixels wide. Click on the image and you can see one that is 1000 pixels across for more detail.

Tyler School of Art Creative Letterpress workshop

The lines from upper left to lower right:

Title page: Once upon this time

Once upon a time I got classy.

Once upon a time I saw the sign

Once upon a time we grew up.

Once upon a time we worked with our hands.

Once upon a time I wandered among the stars.

Once upon a time we were immortal.

The colophon was cast in hot metal on Lead Graffiti’s Intertype C4.

Studio projects Monday May 19 2014 03:46 am

Tyler School of Art Creative Letterpress :: 5/17/14

We’ve been trying for a couple of years to get a group of Tyler School of Art students down to do one of our Creative Letterpress workshops. They are doing two of them.

After the first workshop, we weren’t disappointed.

We start with the line, “Once upon a time…” and then they finish it. Each participant picks an initial cap that is printed in the first color. Then they build their typography around it.

The end result is a 14-page hard cover ‘meander’ book which is wrapped in Lead Graffiti paste paper.

Below is the lockup for the second color and the 2-color broadside which forms the text block. In the broadside the top and third row have been rotated so all of the pages are oriented the same.

This image is 512 pixels wide. Click on the image and you can see one that is 1000 pixels across for more detail.

Tyler School of Art Creative Letterpress workshop

The lines from upper left to lower right:

Title page: Once upon a Tyler

Once upon a time a blood thirst’d dragon at the alphabet.

A hell became a heaven once upon a time.

Once upon a time I went for a drive.

Once upon a time a king ruled over his people.

Once upon a time everything was good & fine.

Once upon a time we looked at the moon.

Once upon a time man but not told stories anymore.

Once upon a time I stumbled down the right path.

Once upon a time I don’t give a hoot.

Once upon a time they lived happily ever after until their deaths.

Once upon a time Gutenberg made type move.

The colophon was cast in hot metal on Lead Graffiti’s Intertype C4.

Studio projects Saturday May 17 2014 12:00 pm

Creative Letterpress workshop with Hanson Creative

Had a great workshop with the design department at Philly’s Hanlon Creative. Photo below shows the lockup on the second color and the finished broadside before it was made into a ‘meander’ book.

The first and third row have been rotated 180° to make all of the pages readable. Each person had a spread to work on. The text reads…

Title page: Hanson Creative talk

Copiers don’t collaborate.

Remember why you started.

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

Take the bull by the horns.

See what others don’t see.

Studio projects Wednesday May 07 2014 11:08 am

2014 Waldorf School of Philadelphia diplomas

For the third year Lead Graffiti held a workshop for the members of the 2014 graduating class of the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. This year’s class included 8 students.

Ray starts the day with a tour of Lead Graffiti, showing the various presses we have from our 1868 iron handpress through the Vandercook SP15 they will use to print their diplomas. Jill shows a few of our portfolio pieces to explain what letterpress is and how it works. She then walks them through the history of typography from a piece of cuneiform from 2300 BC up through metal type, wood type, and lines of text produced on our Intertype, along with a sample of incunabula printing from 1491 from our collection.

Above shows a student removing the sheet at the finish of the run that added his name to his diploma. The main text of the bottom half of the diploma was printed from a photopolymer plate in grey with the school’s logo blind debossed.

Each student handset their name in metal type in Euro Bold Condensed 36 point which was then printed onto the diploma. Each student will produce a piece of calligraphy which will be collected together and printed along with a handrolled sun at the top of the diploma.

The diploma is held in a folder which is wrapped in paste paper that the students produced at the workshop.

You can click this link for our portfolio listing for this project which has a more thorough explanation.

Below is the group with their favorite paste papers.

Pizza, paste paper and letterpress. What’s not to love.

We wish them the best as they head to high school. From our short experience with them we think they are going to do just fine.