I'm pleased (as a miserable old sourpuss can be) to be included in the OH, Letterpress Exhibition at The Morgan Conservatory in Cleveland. Being commercial letterpress printers, I must admit that staring at a blank sheet of cotton paper trying to come up with an idea suitable for an art show was daunting.
However, as seasoned old pros we're never ones to shy away from a challenge. So grabbing anything in sight (wood & lead type, scraps of lumber, a busted iron) we threw together some pieces that while maybe not quite art, we hope may be educational.
If you want something pressed take it to your dry cleaner.
There are several contrived new terms bandied around with the revival of letterpress. Some I can accept as just the kids doing their thing. However, 'pressed' sounds to me like fingernails on a blackboard. You don't 'press' letterpress printing and never have. Letterpress is printing. You can press a nice cotton shirt but don't ask us to press your printing.
The only polymer around this shop is in my pants.
We don't use polymer plates and never have. I know many of these newfangled letterpress shops do but we prefer metal plates (technically called dies). We also like the sharp snazzy look that they bring to our work.
Here's your 3-D printing.
Everything must change. I accept this but just want to note that the original '3-D printing' could be considered the good old relief printing that is letterpress. The crafted tactile quility might just be the perfect technology your production needs.
Thanks for listening to my gripes. Hope you learned something. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
Be sure to check out the OH, Letterpress Exhibition. It runs through June 7th, 2014 at The Morgan Art of Printmaking Conservatory & Education Foundation.