Sunday, August 23, 2009

23 august 2009

Not in the forest today: day two of a letterpress printing workshop at Windowpane Press.

Wow. I am full of respect. My only experience with type drawers had been as decorative accessories on the wall. Working in a garage with 300 drawers of type and lined with bookcases containing more than I could imagine about paper, books and printing, was a trip. Thinking of people handsetting newspapers, or even setting type by candlelight in Gutenberg's time truly boggled the mind.

The highlight for me was operating the platen press to "blind print" (print with no ink, sort of like embossing) a moon (using an upper case 'O' in Belwe 64pt) on my postcards with a Wallace Stevens quote about moonlight not yet being written in a book.

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