Thursday, March 14, 2013

letterpress workshop: prep

I am preparing to attend a one day Introduction to Letterpress Workshop this coming Friday at Hollander's here in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown.  I am beyond excited as this is something that has been on my Love To-Do list for a long time.  Among other things, I need to come prepared with some sort of text to print.  I have collected many quotes and pulled a few other ideas from sketch books past, but I can't seem to decide on a direction.  So until I do, I'm going to share some of my favorite letterpress (or just plain typographic) projects that have inspired me to learn more.

From left to right:

New Year's Poster, Happy Deliveries, Etsy. I like the placement of the text here, justified to the left in such a way as to not only read as one complete statement, but also to bring attention to each individual word.

Pablo Neruda Letterpress Print, Miss Cline Press, Etsy.  I am a big fan of Pablo Neruda, but aside from that, I like the experimentation here with multiple fonts and the in-line scaling up of the text.

Untitled (I am an invisible man), Glenn Ligon, MoMA.  Glenn Ligon is one of my favorite contemporary artists. Though not letterpress, I especially love his pieces like this one, with layers of text, moving from clear to indistinguishable.

Zeichen Press-Type Limited Edition Alphabet, no longer available.  I've always loved these prints, from the first time I saw them at Room & Board.  They were probably the first pieces to spark my interest in printing methods and the alphabet as potential graphic material.

Kennedy Prints, Amos Kennedy. Amos Kennedy is a prolific print maker.  He uses bold colors and bold text for pieces that are guaranteed to stand out.

No Whining Art Print, Hammerpress.  I am very attracted to the signage quality of this print and the way the bold type is used for the prohibitive phrases and the light type for the permissable phrases.

Black Numbers Print, Inspire U Art, Etsy. Though not a letterpress print, I couldn't help but fall in love with this mid century mash up of numbers.

Paris Parsnip, Alan Kitching, Printed Editions.  I really like the idea that the text can become image, as in this work by famous letterpress artist Alan Kitching.  Apparently, he is also a trained architect too (best education ever but I am biased).

What are your favorites?


  1. I can see you opening an etsy shop making and selling awesome letterpress!!

    1. i would love to add letterpress cards to my etsy offerings! i'm actually very obsessed with all kinds of printing techniques right now.


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