I’ve been working on a new line of photo albums for…wait for it…dogs.
Not for actual dogs, but for their owners. Dogs don’t take pictures – that’s just silly.
And yes, I’m well aware that I’m working on this project now because I have my own dog. My own super-awesome, rocking Wiggum.
The plan was to make use of my time in the letterpress studio at Dartmouth. The concept was to use a variety of wood type to spell out assorted dog-ish words, all crammed together. Then I’d print it without ink (blind letterpress), imprinting the words into handmade paper. The paper would be used to cover photo albums.
Still with me? Great. 🙂
So last week, I spent 1.5 hours setting type – the word of the day was “arf”.
Sadly, the blind letterpress didn’t work, so I had to go for ink.
And then…and then…fail.
For whatever reason, the type couldn’t get through the press. One of the typefaces was too high.
And then I got to clean up.
And put all the type away, which I actually enjoyed.
Even though I don’t have anything tangible to show for my work, it was totally worth it. I love the process – setting type is rather meditative.
I haven’t scrapped the dog album idea – I’m still using letterpress, but I’m going for something less complex. Stay tuned!