Tour de Lead Graffiti

Delaware-based Lead Graffiti came up with an awesome project built around the Tour de France and printed on Somerset Textured.

In their words:

We will watch each stage of the Tour de France, look for usable moments or incidents or comments, go to lunch (we have a number of guest printers joining in and we want to give them a chance to add their ideas to the day's poster), get started on how to represent the stage using wood & metal type, wood or linoleum cuts, and objects related to cycling that are usable for the 15" x 22" poster.

The Tour de France has 21 stages and 2 rest days that we will interpret. In addition, we'll produce a portfolio title page, a page that will describe what we were thinking for the images during each stage and what the image / layouts were taken from, and a colophon page listing the physical elements of the project, who did what, etc. We will also have guest participants who will contribute to the process in various ways. All who are involved will sign the poster they are involved in.

Now to see if we can keep up with our 12- to 18-hour days for 23 consecutive days.

"Are You A Kathleen Or An Elizabeth? A Keith Or A Country Joe?"

"Are You A Kathleen Or An Elizabeth? A Keith Or A Country Joe?" is a gate fold letterpress print created by Providence's CW Roelleand DWRI Letterpress. The artwork measures roughly 10" high by 20" wide when open. Folded, the print measures roughly 10" high by 10" wide.

Each letterpress print has been signed by the artist and blind debossed by the printer with the print's number and edition information. It is printed on St. Cuthberts' archival 300gsm Somerset textured printmaking paper in a natural white. The gate fold features a deckle edge.

In honor of his dog Owen, CW Roelle has chosen the SPCA of Anne Arundel County as his artwork's charity. The SPCA works to promote humane care and concern for animals by educating the public and by working to end pet overpopulation, to provide shelter and rehabilitation to animals in need, and to work for the passage and enforcement of laws which promote and provide for the humane treatment of animals. $250 dollars from the sale of CW Roelle's print will be donated to the organization.


Dan Wood has been a favorite of ours for years and this print is part of the reason why. 

"Tramps! A Miscellany of Printers Portraits", by Dan Wood and Katherine Cummings,  is a two color letterpress print from polymer plates, with the title hand-set in Bernhard Gothic lead type. Using images selected from the hundreds of recently scanned printers portraits at the Daniel Berkeley Updike HIstory of Printing Collection in the Providence Public Library, the print focuses on early printers of the 15th and 16th centuries, with Benjamin Franklin and a few other later eccentrics thrown in for good measure

Dan and Katherine used Somerset Textured 300gsm softwhite for this project.

A portion of the sale of this artwork will be donated to the Daniel Berkeley Updike History of Printing Collection at the Providence Public Library Special Collections.

Somerset and Horkey

A selection of Aaron Horkey's illustrations will be letterpress printed on Somerset Velvet Radiant White 330 gsm fine art paper and produced to the exacting standards of Master Printer, Gerald Lange of The Bieler Press. 

High resolution digital scan backs were taken of the original drawings to capture their intricate detail and to provide accurate rendering for the letterpress process. The proofs were printed from steel-backed photopolymer plates on dampened Somerset Velvet Radiant White mouldmade paper.

Beginning on the 18th of July, Dead Arts Publishing will be releasing Suite 1 of this 6 part series featuring exact scale reproductions of a selection of illustrations from Aaron's body of work to date.

Click here for more information

Disappearing acts: Printing with letterpress

The UK's Guardian put together a great video on letterpress printing featuring London's Hand and Eye Letterpress.  

Hand and Eye was formed in 1985 by Phil Abel and has done a great assortment of work including posters and books (they are one of the printers of The Letterpress Shakespeare for The Folio Society.)  Most of their featured work is done on Somerset and Zerkall papers.

Check out the video

Arion Press

We've been fortunate enough to have worked with Arion Press for as long as we've been in business.  They're one of the world's top printers of fine books and if you're interested in letterpress (and you probably wouldn't be reading this if you aren't) you should know who they are.

The list of artists who've collaborated with them over the years is a who's who of the industry and their editions are collected by individuals, museums and libraries the world over.  You can find more about that here.

You may not be as familiar with two of their other divisions:  Their typecasting division, M & H Type, is the oldest and largest hot metal type foundry in the U.S. for letterpress printers.  They also have a non-profit called The Grabhorn Institute"to preserve and perpetuate the use of one of the last integrated typefoundry, letterpress printing, and bookbinding facilities and to guide it into the future."

We're proud to say that they've used many of our papers including Somerset, Arches, Lettra and Arturo.

If you're in San Francisco, stop by for a tour or to visit their gallery.  If you're not local you can check out a series of videos about them and their work.