Monday, May 2, 2011

an impression.





All day Saturday was spent in the letterpress studio, printing wedding invitations and baby announcements. It's been months since I've printed anything so it felt nice to get reacquainted with that huge, antique machinery. It can be a messy, tiring, and sometimes frustrating job. But there is something really satisfying about the process of sketching, designing, refining and then actually getting to produce/print the piece myself. Plus, almost nothing beats the end result of letterpress. I love it.

For kicks, here's a little video of the press in use:

31 comments:

  1. very cool! i wish i would've dropped by your studio when i had a chance. i've always wondered how that thing works!

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  2. I've always felt a little jipped that I've never seen that thing in motion. After watching the video, I feel even more jipped. Next time I expect an invite to join you. :)

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  3. that is amazing. I would love to see what you printed out! I love letterpress as well, their is nothing quite like it quality wise.

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  4. i'm amazed that you still have both your hands.

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  5. oh my gosh I LOVE THIS! i always wish i would have done printmaking instead of oil painting and seeing these photos and watching that video just re-confirmed that! :) never done letterpress though but it looks sooooo fuuuuun! love it love it love it.

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  6. Whoa cool! I've always wondered how letterpress actually works. I love the finished result (I'm such a texture person) but I've never seen one in action.

    K

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  7. nothing like it.

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  8. totally awesome!

    Thats how I found your site was from one of your letterpressed cards at the pita jungle.

    - james

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  9. Very cool...bet you have to be careful with your fingers!!

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  10. Oh I'm jealous of your wood type!! It's so pretty. I'm always on the look out. PS. What type of camera did you film your press with?!? It looks amazing. Then did you edit it in after effects or something? I love it!

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  11. oh wow! That's pretty awesome! Always wondered how these things work!

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  12. I've decided I need to find myself a job where I produce physical objects-- watching this video made me long so much for that sense of satisfaction that comes after a day of productivity and a finished product.

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  13. I really want to experience working with letterpress, this video just made me want it even more!

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  14. very impressive machine you work with! i'd love to see your prints. :)

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  15. Thanks for the video. I agree with Clint- I'd be afraid I'd lose a hand or both!

    I'm always amazed at your beautiful talent to create! It's so unique and I love seeing your creations and hearing about them here on your blog. Can't wait to see Hazel's baby announcement... Hope Anna sends me one! ;)

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  16. That's nothing like what I saw in SEVEN POUNDS ;-). Just kidding. I can almost smell the ink from here. Looks fun!

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  17. It's so beautiful. I regret all the time that I haven't taken you up on your offer to collaborate!

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  18. wow that looks like so much work!

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  19. thanks for sharing your work - stunning!

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  20. Letterpress is so beautiful. I love the whole process of it, but I've never seen it in person. I think I might actually want to learn how to do it one day.

    Hugs!
    You Are My Favorite

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  21. Thats awesome, I've always wondered how a letterpress works, but I no longer wonder why letterpress is so pricey. ;)

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  22. So envious of your work! Love that you shared that video.

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  23. i want to see more!! watched and re-watched and re-watched this!

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  24. i usually check blogs at work and so i haven't been able to watch this video until today! it's so great! i want to see more!

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  25. Angela, I'm so fascinated with this process! Is that your own letterpress studio? I would love to learn this art one day. Maybe I should look into lessons somewhere around here? Where would you recommend a newbie like me starting?

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  26. amanda - it was taken with my canon 7d, then put together in imovie.

    linnea - yes, it's my own / seesaw's letterpress studio, but it's actually just in a garage :) nothing fancy. you might be able to look into classes in your area. my experience with letterpress is that it takes quite a while to learn everything, but some classes would give you a good taste of what it's like.

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  27. this is so amazing. and that second photo? stunning. loved the video -- letterpress is my favorite.

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  28. love! that video at the end just made my day...watching you and the letterpress dance. so good!
    <3

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  29. Thank you for your reply, Angela!! I agree with Katie... it is like a dance! Beautiful! Hope your weekend is off to a great start!

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  30. Wow. I love this! I loved seeing the letter press in action!

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