Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Inspiration

This wonderful coloured & ornamental Clarendon type was produced by William H Page & Co. who were designers and manufacturers of wood type. They were based in Norwich, Connecticut & eventually became part of the huge Hamilton type business in Wisconsin. This image comes from The Public Domain Review which is a fantastic resource of all sorts of images, animation, photos etc.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Typing on a leaf

Wonderful typewriter workshop at the Museum in the Park in Stroud yesterday, playing on machines old and very old, creating typewriter art & poetry, or just recording random thoughts. We also performed a typewriter musical composition (which was recorded live) using the fantastic sounds generated by the machines in action. Forgot how hard you need to stab at typewriter keys.
I ended up typing on leaves. It will be interesting to see what happens as the leaves dry.
Thank you to Andrew Morrison for organising the event.



Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Because

2 days of letterpress at LENvention2 (see http://len4letterpress.blogspot.co.uk/) in Cheltenham, making a book inspired by a beautiful poem written by Elizabeth Willow entitled 'Because' about the why of letterpress. This poem plays magically with the terminology & sometimes obscure vocabulary of letterpress. The construction of the book was devised by Rachel Marsh.

We were each given 2 lines from the poem to work with. My lines were:

Because of winters and coffins and slugs

Because each page is a poem

Good to work collaboratively and to start and (almost) finish a project from scratch in 2 days.


Monday, 4 August 2014

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Missing U

Following on from the January 18th post: With an Illustrator eps file of the U, I had the letter (314 mm tall) outline engraved in lino by laser, & cut away the excess by hand. It was very satisfying to have the precise line of the engraved line to cut up to. This lino-cut U will stand out as being very smooth in contrast to the wood grain textures of the other wooden letters in this font.
I next got 22mm deep off-cuts of hard wood (afromosia & sapele) from a joinery workshop and booked a session with the UWE CNC (computer numerical control) router. This used the same illustrator file as the laser machine.
We used a 4mm routing cutter. This size was determined by the width of the gap between the 2 serifs. The cut depth was set at 5mm, and this was done in 3 steps: 2 + 2 + 1mm to avoid stress on the cutter & possible over-heating. The wood was fixed on the cutting bed in a block of MDF. At the first attempt, the wood moved in the block, so the first and second cuttings became mis-aligned.
At the second attempt (using the other side) the wood was fixed much more tightly in a block of MDF. It took about 45 minutes to cut.
There are no sharp corners in the U, so no finishing issues. I want to cut an A next, so the interior pointed apex will have to be cut by hand.
I made a first (OK) print of the U without having varnished the print surface with shellac, but I plan to shellac finish all the other letters.