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05/10/2010

pirate printing

This is Stephen

Stephen

Stephen is the master of all things ink, type and letter press related, who makes brilliant posters that look a bit like this

Good

We went along for a workshop at his studio in Walthamstow the other week to learn all about the history of letter pressing and printing and make some posters.

Type chat

I had no idea that so many well known phrases come from the world of printing.

For example, as soon as you set the type (letters) in the chase (frame), it becomes a form.

If your type then warps when you go to print, it's known as 'bad form'.

And if you run out of type to set, then you're 'out of sorts'.

Love learning stuff like that.

Type house

We then got to pick our letters from the special type drawers and Stephen did all the hard, fiddly stuff like setting the type and inking up

Good form

Ink on up

Once everything was set and inked, we each got to don the guest apron and print our own posters (by pulling the press across in a firm, swift manner and peeling the paper off very, very carefully).

Double pull

Artschool annika 

Benny 

Tans 

Trope

There was a lot of inkspection of prints


Discuss inkage

Mainly from Slinky.

Slinky

Our posters were left to dry and then Stephen and his assistant typesetter, Scarlett, delivered them a few days later.

Assistant 
typesetter

We're sticking them up everywhere to remind ourselves that safe is risky.

Win

And also because we love Ted saying the last line.

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