Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit and tour the letterpress studio of Rick Allen/Kenspeckle Letterpress. I’ve been thinking of getting into the world of letterpress more and more, and this was a nice glimpse into what I’ll (hopefully) eventually be getting wrapped up in. Rick was extremely inviting and very passionate about letterpress. I could have stayed for much longer just taking it all in and listening to him explain the details. Rows and rows of cases filled with type and leading made my heart leap! And, the presses—those big, cast iron beasts—silent as a laker drifting under the bridge. You’d think they would make some sort of noise, but they didn’t! How can a machine so heavy, upwards of 1500 lbs., be so quiet and smooth?!?! Swoon. So cool. It was very inspirational, to say the least. Take a peek …
This past weekend I purchased a brayer (roller) and some inks in an attempt to upgrade my wood type printing methods. It worked! I don’t have images to upload at this point, but hopefully soon! However, I’m still using my homemade get-up of cardboard, tape and my own two hands as my “press”. There is definitely a sense of satisfaction of using your own methods like this to create art. I’ve been researching some table top printing presses, it would be awesome to have one of those someday. A girl can dream, right? And, I’ve been looking for more wood type to add to my collection, that stuff gets pricey! Anyway, there is also a field trip in my near future to a letterpress studio in town and I am psyched! Stay tuned for that goodness 🙂
Do yourself a favor and hop on over to Studio On Fire‘s blog, Beast Pieces right now. I am drooling. Here’s a sneak peak at what your eyes will discover. How much do I love letterpress? Let me count the ways.
Images courtesy Studio On Fire