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Wedding invitation for Daniel & Sandra by Paula M. Montoto

Paula M. Montoto is a graphic designer from Madrid, but currently living and working in Valencia, Spain. She is deeply interested in identity, editorial and communication design.

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An Alphabet of Sorts

Last year letterpress printer, Jennifer Farrell, designed and printed a beautiful decorative M constructed from almost 100 metal printers’ ornaments. 

After hesitating to break-up the forme, she had the idea of producing a whole alphabet using the same method. Eventually this thought galvanised into producing a limited edition book which she has printed at her Starshaped Press, in Chicago, and has bound at Wells College Press.

The process has resulted in some stunning imagery, especially of the metal forms which have been photographed after printing, still with silver ink clinging to the ornaments. 

The edition is almost sold out, but there are a handful of copies still left. Most will be ready to ship in mid-May. Get one here.

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Christina Yan Branding by Belinda Love Lee

Christina Yan is a talented prop stylist based in Toronto. This whole stationery set exudes sophistication, timelessness with a bit edge. Each piece was letterpressed with finishing touches of gold foiling, gold edging, and embossing.

See extended photos of the branding here.

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Letterpress Legacy

World-renowned typographer and letterpress printer Alan Kitching has released a book documenting his extensive wood-type collection. 

Each page was carefully designed and printed by Alan in collaboration with Angus Hyland and have been reproduced at actual size

Alan Kitching’s A-Z of Letterpress: Founts from The Typographic Workshop is published by Laurence King 

“Presented as an A to Z, the individual letters are divided by full alphabets, giving the reader access to a large range of founts to reference in their own work.”

Letterpress Workshop 2015

Dates have just been announced for the 2015 letterpress workshop with Alan. The two day, hands-on course is suited to those with a keen interest in typography rather than complete beginners. 

Details here: http://thetypographyworkshop.com/ 

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Staff Pick of the Week

Anna has long had an interest in Greek mythology but her Pick of the Week was a bit of a coincidence. Intrigued by the title, Blind Date, she pulled this book from the Book Arts Collection. It turned out to be a retelling of the story of Theseus and the Minotaur (and a foray into the story of Heracles and Omphale) written by Thomas Meyer, illustrated with etchings and embossed prints by John Furnival, and published by Circle Press in 1979. Blind Date was printed in a limited edition of 300 copies and 40 proofs and is signed by the artist. The text was hand-set in 24 point Bodoni and letterpress printed by Walter Taylor, Ron King, and John Coleman on Somerset rag-made paper.

Anna loves the embossed mazes that surround the etchings. She has yet to solve all of them but she’s pretty sure that at least one is impossible.

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Refurbished Craftsmen Imperial 5x8 and a small paper cutter for sale $1500 or best reasonable offer. The Craftsmen needs rollers (has cores and trucks), the paper cutter blade needs sharpening, and cutting sticks. Pickup in Elkins, WV. Both items are light enough to be moved by one individual. This setup would be great for anyone looking to get into letterpress on a relatively small scale.

Contact: adamleestma@gmail.com