This Sunday I took a class on Letterpressing at The Arm letterpress studio in Brooklyn, NY. I first visited the studio with a friend and fellow designer Adam Junod of Atom Farm and co-creator of Pregnant Minds. I was in total admiration of The Arm, with its obscure hand printed posters on the wall and drawers and drawers of wooden and metal type that hold so much history.
I knew I had to be a part of this newly revived trade in design and set up a class. At the end of the lesson I knew why I was so attracted to this practice. It's because letterpress is handmade with a professional end result, not like if you were to hand carve a wood block and try to print it. It's beautiful, clean and gratifying.
The print shown above was done on the C&P Pilot press with metal glyphs. I wanted my first metal print to be perfect so I spent about 30-45 minutes setting the type and it was worth the diligence (or as much diligence as a beginner can have). I absolutely love letterpressing and am going back in a few days to print more.
Check out The Arm if you're in New York. If you are out of state, find another studio in your area. It's a trade worth trying!Read more