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Forme over function.
art, pamphlets, type / December 5, 2012

So in this week’s episode of ridiculously-time-consuming-acts-performed-in-my-limited-free-time, I give you pamphlet, side two:

My favorite thing about letterpress is the fact that you have to build up something three-dimensional to print something two dimensional. So it’s sculptural and flat at the same time.

This can be something you carve:

Or something you assemble out of thousands of tiny pieces of metal:

Or something you improvise:

But it has to hold still somehow. The image on the second side of the pamphlet is based on this one:

Which is a woodcut, and I had to decide when I carved my block if I wanted to bother carving the letters or if I wanted to use metal type for that part and print it separately. I went with the second option.

So far, so good. Except now I have to build a forme around it to hold all those letters in place.


Ok, that’s a start.

Better.


Best. See all that stuff around the letters? That’s empty space. One of my favorite things in the world is when two contradictory ideas are simultaneously true.


I’m really happy with this one so far.
 

#action at a distance#ephemera#forme#hand typesetting#letterpress#metal type#pamphlets#printing#printmaking#vandercook

(2) COMMENTS

mbreazile
4 years ago · Reply

Beautiful! Thanks for showing how this came together

In the mail | work in progress
4 years ago · Reply

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