So much to write about, so little time. Hope to have a full post about my trip to Maine up this week but in the meantime you can visit Corduroy and check out the prints from their Editions of Ten show that opened on September 3rd.
My pieces for the show are wood type compositions printed on a special handmade paper… more to come on that as well.
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Jon Gaffney from Gear Patrol came by the studio a couple weeks ago to put together a small feature for their site. We figured it might be a little more interesting if we actually pulled some prints, so I put together this poster using a quote from the show Mad Men.
The posters were printed on the Vandercook SP-20 in a small edition of just 16 prints. They are not for sale but Gear Patrol will be doing a giveaway on their site so check back soon or follow @repeatpress on twitter for updates.
Here’s Jon trying his hand on the Vandercook – be sure to check out the full writeup on Gear Patrol for more process pictures.
Thanks again to Jon and Gear Patrol for stopping by!
AS220‘s Foo Fest is an annual outdoor concert outside the venue in Providence, RI. The fest had a whole slew of bands last year and AS220 asked different artists to create and print posters for the individual bands playing the fest. I was lucky enough to get paired with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and I created this design using four layers of fluorescent inks printed with wood type.
Most of the stuff that gets printed around here is on flat paper or cardstock – I do some bags or envelopes here and there, cd/record packaging, you know the deal. So, when the fine folks at AS220 said they were sending up a hundred blank pizza boxes to throw into the print run for the Foo Fest poster I was doing, I was pretty stoked. The boxes were used at the Nice Slice pizza shop as promotion for the show, and the posters were sold at the show along with the posters featuring the other artists involved.
The poster is available for purchase in my etsy shop here.
Another oldie – printed on my first press, a hand-inked Showcard press, back in 2003. As you can see the details of the event had not been completely solidified at the time of printing.
It’s taken a moment to get around to posting this but last month I had the pleasure of designing and printing a suite of products for the five year party at Middlesex. I was originally approached about producing a poster, but the project grew to include a mini-poster/handbill and drink coasters.
The text on the poster was printed using vintage wood type and a custom polymer plate for the Middlesex logo, while the background image was created by printing directly from a 12″ vinyl record that was mounted on a piece of wood to type height. With some makeready finessing, the resulting print retained the grooves from the record.
Rough grain wood provided the background for the lower area of the poster.
In preparation for the mini-poster and coasters, each part of the poster was printed separately at full size in black, then scanned and reduced to create the polymer plates used in printing the smaller items. Notice the halftone pattern (small dots) in the recreation of the record image – while letterpress generally lends itself to solid lines and areas, halftone patterns can be used to provide detail not possible from vector or line art.
The coasters were cut with squared corners and bound into packs of ten with a custom paper band featuring the Middlesex logo. The packs were given out as souvenirs at the end of the night.
My solo show “Just as long as you are there” at Corduory just came down but they still have a few of the exclusive SURF SKATE ART LOVE prints left in their webstore. Limited to 25 copies, grab one before they’re gone!
I hated to be a tease with this post and not show the final product but it looks like we’re in the clear now. Selectism informed us today that Proletariat has finished things up with their new webstore and is set to launch November 1st. This poster is one of 11 exclusive items that will be featured in the initial launch and is limited to 25 copies so keep hitting that F5 button until Sunday when you can buy one. Don’t forget to check out the video that Kerry put together while you’re waiting. Word has it these will only be available for purchase through the website, but locals can still do pickup at the store after ordering.
Think Levi’s will want one for their new pop-up shop?
Remember this post? With all the craziness during the move I forgot to post the finished product. We crammed as much wood type as we could onto this thing and then finished it off with a stencil that Ben had in his archives. Huge 19×25″ print on chipboard. Available now on in the Etsy Shop.
Kate at For Me, For You posted this Charley Harper illustration yesterday, so good! Alex and I were snooping around in a hunting store recently, looking at animal heads and vintage ammo packaging, and they had an old Harper poster from his National Parks series. I was thinking of trying to buy it off the wall but then I found charleyharperprints.com, which has tons of his work for sale and will probably be seeing an order from me soon.