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Thursday, 8 September 2016

After Amsterdam….

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.

book1

Proofs, wood and metal type, lino and stamps.

And the finished book.


Covers …

Double spreads..

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!