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! : )) 

Art On The Hill - Pop Up Letterpress & Rubberstamp Printing

Thanks to all of you who came along to the Pop Up Letterpress and Rubberstamp Printing at Art On The Hill. It was lovely to meet so many enthusistic folk and your prints were wonderful! I’ve posted many of them to instagram. 

Thanks also to Jo who hosted the Pop Up Printing at her home in Windmill Hill, Bristol. Her beautiful dogs Lollie and Coco seemed to have a lovely time too. See pics below!

Letterpress Typesetting & Printing

Even dogs love letterpress! 

Rubberstamp Printing

UWE students - Sebastian, Lottie, Esther, Lucy and Josh. Super stamping! : ))

UWE students - Sebastian, Lottie, Esther, Lucy and Josh. Super stamping! : ))

Rubberstamp printing is for everyone. From 3 years old to to 103 years old! You can print with pre-made stamps or carve your own individual stamp. 

Rubberstamp printing is for everyone. From 3 years old to to 103 years old! You can print with pre-made stamps or carve your own individual stamp. 

Workshops

I am currently running letterpress and rubberstamp printing workshops at El Rincon Spanish Tapas Bar and Salt Cafe, Bristol. Get in touch if you would like to book your space. 

Autumnal Dreams and Stories

"No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace as I have seen in one autumnal face."

John Donne

The eightfivepress studio has been quiet over the summer. Alongside printmaking I also make music and have been working on recording songs for a new EP based on classic poems. I’m hoping to release it over the Autumn and I’ll be printing the EP covers on my adana press. I’ll keep you posted!

Letterpress Workshop

Printing dreams and stories at El Rincon Spanish Tapas Bar

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El Rincon is a cosy Spanish Tapas bar and vibrant music venue tucked at the bottom of North Street, alongside South Bristol’s buzzing community of local shops and cafes and restaurants.   

I set up my adana press and boxes of type for a letterpress workshop with David and Jodie. 

David and Jodie bring their ideas in a journal filled with magical quotes from their 3 year old daughter. They each pick a quote to make a print and begin typesetting with a combination of metal and resin type. 

Quote for Jodie’s Print

"I want to rule the World. It’s one of my dreams” 

Quote for David’s Print

“Tell me a story from your mind.” 

Printing the whole quote in the chase is asking alot from the adana so after setting the type we remove some of the lines of type and replace them with furniture / spacing. This way David and Jodie can print the quote in stages and get a much clearer print. 

Here are the results of their hard work.

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As David and Jodie finish off their last few prints, the El Rincon Tortilla Championships are about to begin...

Thanks David and Jodie for your exuberance! It was great to print with you.