There’s a letterpress revivial going on! Technology journalist, Glenn Fleishman, covers a brief history of printing and shows how modern technology is assisting in reviving an old art form. This YouTube Video was produced by Boot Strapper Sudios in Seattle.
“It’s real, there’s ink, there’s an impression. . . you have a great experience that’s a physical expression,” said Fleishman.
Letterpress printing is relief printing of text and image using a press with a “type-high bed” printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. (Wikipedia)
If you take a class in letterpress you may find it’s the perfect panacea for an artist’s tendency to lose focus. In fact every drawer of type is rigorously organized in a specific fashion so every upper and lower case character, has its specific place.
Don’t miss the new movie about letterpress, called Linotype: In Search of the Eighth Wonder of the World. It is playing in San Francisco February 21. Check out whether it is showing showing near you.
Happy Valentine’s to the printed word.