Category : Letterpress

Epilogue: The Future of Print

Logo for documentary "Epilogue: The Future of Print"I was delighted to come across a documentary by Hannah Ryu – Epilogue: The Future of Print. I’m convinced that my discovery of this film was a result of having read Requiem for a Book by Llewellyn King (read my reaction to the article).

The film makes a strong case for how print and the book will not become extinct, as has often been predicted.


Hannah’s words:

This documentary is a humble exploration of the world of print, as it scratches the surface of its future. I consider this a work in progress. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and questions whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime. The act of reading a “tangible tome” has evolved, devolved, and changed many times over, especially in recent years. I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper as well as those who are not.

While watching the film, I could smell the scent of paper and ink in the air – now all I want to do is run downtown and go book shopping.

It really is a beautiful film and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Letterpress Fail

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!

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