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Letterpress at Dartmouth

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make books that are in a lower price point and came up with the idea of making little letterpressed notebooks. I was glad to have an excuse to get back down to the Dartmouth letterpress studio, as it had been a while.

I quickly settled on some lovely wood type and then…nothing. My brain completely froze. It had been too long since I last set type and I couldn’t remember what to do next. Thankfully, there was help in the form of the very awesome Sarah Smith. She is the Queen of Patience.

Wood letterpress type locked in chase

I swear to you, I’m going to remember everything she said to me. I hope. Anyway, I was able to finish my first batch of book covers, which made me happy.

As you can see below, the books say “Brain Barf”. I was inspired to make these from my own experience of having too much in my brain to be able to get anything done. Sometimes you just need to purge your brain of everything and put it down on paper to be able to move forward. These books will be the lucky recipients of said brain barf.

Paper printed with the words "Brain Barf"

Now I just have to wait for the ink to dry so I can bind them. I’ll be sure to show you the finished products!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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