Letterpress Posters

Letterpress @ Turnbull Grey

Last week, Angela & I took some time off for a well deserved break, with the first couple of days comprising of surprise activities planned for each other. Day 1 was secretly arranged by Angela – a traditional Letterpress workshop at Turnbull Grey.

Letterpress is relief printing. It involves locking movable type into the bed of a press, inking it, and rolling or pressing paper against it to form an impression. It was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. In addition to the direct impression of inked movable type onto paper or another receptive surface, letterpress is also the direct impression of inked printmaking blocks such as photo-etched zinc “cuts” (plates), linoleum blocks, wood engravings, etc., using such a press.

The studio has a large collection of serif & sans-serif wooden-block type sets, and three presses – two small Adana printing machines and one larger roller press. Each of us were able to practice & create small scale pieces before moving on to the roller press and producing our own typographical posters.

A little background story to our choice of design..! Some time ago I was comforting Angela after getting a rejection email from a company, and halfway through affectionately quipped “A for Effort”. She just looked at me and responded “NO… A for Apple, E for Effort!” It took a few seconds for her to realise I meant that she had worked hard and deserved praise for it. It has since become a memorable quote, and is now a piece of art!

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