Trees & Songs in Orange & Gold

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the studio and I’m excited to announce that a limited edition of 100 EP covers have been printed for Red Deer Sleeping’s EP ‘Autumn’. 

Printing Spiral Song Titles

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Thanks to the lovely Lisa from Lymebay Press for transferring my design for the inner sleeve onto polymer plates. Although I love to work within the limitations of traditional letterpress, there are times when having more more control over the design is preferred. Mixing analogue and digital enabled me to create spiralling song titles for the inner sleeve. It might have been a bit of a challenge typesetting this by hand!  

Inside inner sleeve printed with orange linseed oil based ink

Inside inner sleeve printed with orange linseed oil based ink

Printing British Oak

I scanned and enlarged this botanical illustration of British Oak by W.H Fitch.  The image was transferred to a polymer plate which I then fixed to the chase base enabling me to print the design using the adana 8x 5 printing press.

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100 inner Sleeves Printed

Ouside inner sleeve printed with gold linseed oil based ink

Ouside inner sleeve printed with gold linseed oil based ink

Autumn EP Launch

Red Deer Sleeping’s EP ‘Autumn’ will be released on the 16th November at their EP Launch, El Rincon Spanish Bar, Bristol. Click here for more details. 

Autumn EP by Red Deer Sleeping

"Listen. . 
With faint dry sound, 
Like steps of passing ghosts, 
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, break from the trees 
And fall."

(Adelaide Crapsey - 1878–1914)

This poem features as part of a song on the EP ‘Autumn' by Red Deer Sleeping.

Engravers Type & Oak Leaves in Gold

Printing Engravers Type in Gold Linseed oil based ink. Linocut from an original botanical illustration by W.H. Fitch (1817 – 1892) Typesetting Autumn in 10pt New Clarendon

Printing Engravers Type in Gold Linseed oil based ink.

Linocut from an original botanical illustration by W.H. Fitch (1817 – 1892)

Typesetting Autumn in 10pt New Clarendon

Golden Type

After typesetting the songs for the Autumn EP outer sleeve, I am pleased that Engravers type printed better than expected! So thank you again to Angie Butler who lent me the type and is very happy for me now to keep the type so I can continue to make use of it. I promise not to leave it in hibernation for so long! : )) 

Oak Leaves for the Outer sleeve

Original botanical illustration by W.H. Fitch (1817 – 1892) Linocut printed on the adana 8 x 5 in gold linseed oil based ink.

Original botanical illustration by W.H. Fitch (1817 – 1892)

Linocut printed on the adana 8 x 5 in gold linseed oil based ink.

I found a beautiful botanical illustration of British Oak. by W.H. Fitch which I traced and carved onto lino. The lino was the perfect size to print on the adana 8 x 5.   

Autumn EP Launch

A limited edition pressing of 100 EPs will be available at Red Deer Sleeping's ‘Autumn' EP launch  at El Rincon on Thursday 16th November 2017. 

Type setting Songs for Autumn

Borrowed Type 

A few years ago, my lovely friend, book artist and letterpress printer Angie Butler offered me long term loan of some 12pt Engravers lead type. I explored the type with a view to printing an album cover on my press but didn’t have enough characters to complete the song titles. I opted for the polymer plate instead which was a much more efficient use of time and gave me more flexibility designing the album. 

I am currently working on an EP “Autumn" for my other project, Red Deer Sleeping. The songs are based on poems by Amy Lowell, Christina Rossetti, Adelaide Crapsey and R.L.Stevenson. There are only five songs on this EP and the Engravers type have been hibernating in their wooden trays for long enough. It's time to wake them up and re-introduce them to the press and have a go at typesetting the song titles. 

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And your point is...?

3 trays of Engravers type. 3 different sizes cast in 12pt. 

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Again I didn’t have enough type to complete the songs at the same size so as I ran out of one size I added a different size in it’s place. Any missing type, I replaced with 12pt Times. So the result is a sporadic mix of small, medium and large Engravers 12pt type with a dash of Times! This is something I may have steered clear of if I was making a design on the computer but sometimes limitations can bring surprising and possibly more interesting results. We’ll see!

Thank you Angie for the loan of the type! : ))