I didn’t know much about letterpress before the induction however to me that was a reason enough to do it, I am passionate about learning new techniques to use in my work and I have always been fascinated with words being a super keen reader.
Entering the workshop I didn’t know what to expect, I purposefully did not research on letterpress because I wanted to get a feel and learn there. Most of the induction was health and safety and explaining what you could achieve in the letterpress workshop and immediately I was filled with ideas, and how I could incorporate it into my work. We were shown the presses and we practiced on the galley press, I could the idea of using such a traditional technique in more of a contemporary setting, so I got home and started exploring ideas.
After receiving the briefing for Act 3 I started thinking of ways to incorporate new techniques and workshops into my final outcome as I felt that was the idea of this brief. To explore. So usually I would have stuck to my usual watercolour portraits, which I wanted to include but explore other ideas to. My extract was heavily linked to my 96 words from the automatic writing task. So I used the two combined to find 5 other quotes I could use as captions for each illustration. I then went to letterpress and sat with one of the technician, while we decided font, positioning, and scale. Once that was decided, I started using the type to get all my quotes set out, I found the process completely satisfying and relaxing and enjoyed the process completely even if it was time consuming.
I managed to get the six quotes set out in a couple of hours, but had to come back after the weekend to finish the process.
On the Monday afternoon I spent the same amount of time, just proofing making sure everything was perfect, then laying it out on the machine, making sure the maths was right so when I printed it would be on the correct place on the paper.
The next morning, I spent 2 hours where I made sure everything was in the correct place, making a couple of test prints before printing everyone out. Each time I was amazed with the result and every second I was there I came up with more ideas for the future.