Hello all, it’s been a while since I’ve posted here, there has been a ton on the go and I’ve been working my derriere off for the last 6 weeks but I wanted to show you some of the things that are going on. First, Paul and I are actively working on a new sculpture with a first-nations reconciliation theme. I’ve been posting pics almost daily on the facebook group. The other reason for this post is that I’ve dusted off the press after a few months of quiet in the printing shop. A client and friend of mine had asked me to print her some wedding invitations for her. It’s a daunting task to take on such an important announcement, but Dana appears to trust my work so this was the input she gave as  a creative brief:
“Our colour are black & white, and we’d like something neo-gothic or damask patterned…”
I worked up a digital design and sent it to them for an idea, they liked it, so off to the presses I went. I had to get film made to burn a polymer plate for the damask print. The invitations were 1 colour (black) but since I was combining a plate as well as some hand-set type I needed to run the product through twice, and I thought matching envelopes would be a nice touch so I printed those with the plate as well. All tolled I spent about 20 hours planning, printing, printing, and printing the envelopes, but with letterpress it’s not about the time, it’s about the love. I’ve put together a few photos of the process to show you a few key points along the way. For the record, the client cried when I delivered them. It was the first time I’d ever seen Dana speechless. I loved making these… any other takers? It’s not cheap but it’s worth it.
chase lockup with type
Another view of the lockup on the spider-chase.
Type drawers
Some of my california job cases of type.
Test print
Test print of one of the plates
Test print closeup
Notice how clear the plates print.
The invitations sans-border in the foregroud, and a few finished ones after the addition of the damask border.
The finished invitations drying.
The finished invitations drying, just need to trim them and deliver.

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