Three great weeks in August, some serious letterpress printing, lino cutting, cycling, fabulous museums and galleries, good food, drink and company.. and plans to return for even longer next year.
I will be putting some post up about my time there, which if you are not a letterpress fan may look a bit dry. But my aim was to lean more about the capabilities, restrictions and potential for future projects.
I achieved all that and more thanks to the very excellent Thomas Gravemaker at LetterpressAmsterdam and the Vandercook. More projects planned….. : )
And Another Hortus Book
Before starting the project with Thomas, there was by chance a short three day “Make a Book” course. ie cut linos, make etching plates, print them; hand set type,print it; bind book. Sounds fairly simple but is a huge amount to do in 3 days in a class. The course was run by Thomas, Carola Rombouts and Thekla Ahrens. It was excellent.
As I was in Amsterdam to print part of my Masters project it seemed appropriate to keep the theme going.
Just time for 5 of the 7 Janus herbs this time …
Simple imagery, typesetting and just 2 colours.
Proofs, wood and metal type, lino and stamps.
And the finished book.
Simple, with super fast lino cutting, but many more techniques understood and learnt…Great !
More Amsterdam printy stuff soon. Just a couple of weeks to go and the course is up!