This 3 color print was a great printing experience. I got to use the Book Arts League’s Vandercook SP-15, which is awesome. We got the snowflakes (and much more) from Moore Wood Type, who gave us a generous discount on his 2014 “Hellbox.” A Hellbox – in modern times – means a bucket of type less than perfect, not fit to sell as per the manufacturer’s specs, but not so bad that you need to discard it. But each piece printed so beautifully the untrained eye would never know there were any imperfections at all. I chose a design like this to show off how magical letterpress can be, playing with impression and the overlaying of colors as only this style of printing process can naturally achieve.
The snowflakes were printed first and at the December open house I printed the red type. The paper was generously donated from Leanin Tree greeting card company (based in Boulder). So a lot of love went into this year’s card. For the type, I used some French Antique by William H. Page from my personal collection. –Brian
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The Book Arts League would like to thank the good people of Lafayette (and beyond) for your support at the 15th Annual Peach Festival. We had a great time seeing old friends of the Book Arts League as well as welcoming new members. This is always a fun event for us and we hope to see folks we met at upcoming Book Arts League classes and open houses in the near future.
To see more pictures of the poster making process, click here.
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4 times a year, the Book Arts League hosts an open house, opening the doors to the public to see our historic farmhouse and bunkhouse (where most of the printing equipment is located). It’s always wonderful to meet so many new people interested in our efforts to preserve the arts of the book!
This open house Book Arts League volunteer/member Brian Wood, who focuses on wood type, printed a broadside showcasing the beauty and impact of wood type in a large format. Prints were free to all who attended, as well as locally roasted Proper Grounds Coffee and freshly baked cookies were there to comfort folks on a rainy afternoon.
Press in action: Vandercook: Sp15
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Please join us Sunday, June 8 from 1-4pm for an open house at the Ewing Farm and Bunkhouse. Come see a live printing demo featuring antique wood type on a Vandercook press. Free prints for all who attend!
Between the printing on vintage presses and the historic Ewing Farmhouse, it’s like stepping back in time – when things where all done by hand and created with passion and carefully executed.
The event is free and open to all!
Sunday June 8
Ewing Farmhouse & Bunkhouse
1915 N 95th St., Lafayette CO 80026
Last weekend’s open house was a lot of fun! Please check out some of the photos from the event and check out our calendar for upcoming open houses and classes.
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