Friday, January 10, 2014

Letterpress Demos

Concordia University has a hidden letterpress room. Squeezed in a small room, tucked away between intaglio and lithography, 2 Vandercook Universals and drawers of metal and wood type are just waiting to be found. It's amazingly satisfying to see your own writing set in type and then printed over and over again. The above galley has one of my own poems, 'Retroactive Love', set out in several different fonts and sizes.

Over the last year, I've had the opportunity to teach letterpress to design students and print students, often with the assistance of fellow printmaker and writer Alexis Williams, who wrote the 'Alligator' text above.

 One of the most satisfying parts of teaching demonstrations is happening to walk by the room and have someone come out and show you where they've taken their new letterpress skills. It also means I always have cool new letterpress samples to put on my fridge!

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