FOR SALE! PEARL No 3
A friend is sadly having to part with his Peerless printing press. This is a great little press, nice and compact in size so if your short on space it's an ideal press for the letterpress enthusiasts wanting to start out or upgrade from an Adana. Chase size 11"x7", easy to maintain and complete with new rollers and original feed boards. Obviously if you are new to letterpress I thoroughly recommend you get some instruction first!
I upgraded to a Peerless and loved it, I miss treadling away!
For more information contact Simon Goode here
PLEASE NOTE THIS PRESS HAS NOW BEEN SOLD!
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For those of you familiar with the Boxcar Base in USA you'll be pleased to know that an equivalent system called the Chase Base is now available in the UK and Europe from Lyme Bay Press. Also if you already have a Deep Relief Boxcar Base they also supply KF 1.52mm polymer plates you've be longing for!
“Manufactured from high quality aluminium & ground flat by precision engineers, anodised matt black then laser etched, this is the ultimate photopolymer plate mounting system.
The white relief exposes the details of the high contrast registration grid for a long lasting surface resistant to press chemicals, allowing easy plate mounting year after year. The 10mm grid is easily visible through all foil backed polymer plates allowing small adjustments after mounting for easy alignment. The hard anodise coating is durable & easy to keep clean.
Our plates come with a sticky mounting membrane already applied & specially designed to give high tack to the polymer plate side & low tack to the Chase Base side for easy repositioning & easy plate removal after printing.
Simply replace the plastic carrier sheet on the sticky surface & store your plate in a ziplock bag to use again time after time. If the membrane gets dirty or spoiled, additional sheets can be purchased economically from our store.”LBP
Full support will be offered in getting you up and printing using the base plus there will be a forum on the website too soon. They also stock Vanson ink plus plenty of new developments in the pipeline.
I recommend contacting LBP to check which base is more suited to your press, they are a friendly bunch and will happily go though all the technicalities.
I've a gripper bar, paper feed tray and a side lay gauge on the large Farley but on my smaller S&B proofing press there's nothing which I find very frustrating if I need to position more accurately!
Alan has kindly uploaded a large file to flickr so you can zoom in on the detail and written a description with added notes on the photo, which you can read HERE.
A clipboard spring and part of a bulldog clip, brilliant! I think even I can manage to make one, when I do I'll photograph the process.
Thanks to Alan for a very innovative idea, don't you think?
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UK SCREENING TOUR
Thursday, April 26, 2012 – Time TBA
Save the date - more information soon!
Brighton, England – Ampersand Conference
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The Basement - Pre-Party, 7:30 PM
24 Kensington Street, Brighton,BN1 4AJ, UK
Friday, June 15, 2012
Brighton Dome Corn Exchange - Ampersand Conference - 12:45 PM
Church Street,Brighton, BN1 1UG, UK
Q&A sessions after the screenings with the director, Doug Wilson.
To book tickets and for updates on the UK Screening Tour
Fingers crossed it heads up North!
TYPEFACE showing on Sky Arts, next showing Monday 19th March 8.50am
or buy the film from here typeface.kartemquin.com
Back to the future
In the era of iPhones, iPads and quite-literally iEverything, a Wood Type Museum might seem rather outdated, to say the least. But could it be that something so traditional, primitive even, can inspire today’s avant-garde digital artists?
Filmmaker Justine Nagan’s insightful documentary visits the Hamilton Wood Type Museum and Print Shop in Wisconsin to explore.
Once a bustling hive for artists and designers, the museum now sadly resembles a time capsule of what used to be the glory days of manual printing; in other words, the days of freshly-scented books, hand-crafted gifts and minimal consumerism habits. Housing 1.5 million pieces of wood type, the museum is no-doubt still very rich in resources, but it is nevertheless struggling to remain afloat as the new generation of digital obsession fails to look back on these basic but essential days.
In the documentary Typeface, international artists meet the workshop’s retired craftsmen, who have lived through the evolution of the printing industry and are among some of the last practitioners of the art of wood-type printing. Together, they attempt to comprehend the convergence of modern design and the traditional technique and find the answer to the question “could the future of the printing industry possibly lie in the past?”
We take a fascinating, in-depth look at the effect of computers and the demand on traditional manual techniques.
Thanks to Little Red Press for the Heads up!
Proceed And Be Bold!
How far would you go for your one true love? Would you give up all of your earthly possessions, your job, and your family? What if your one true love was a printing press...
At 40 years of age, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. abandoned the traditional American Dream to follow his own. Laura Zinger's film, Proceed and Be Bold! joins him for a titillating retelling of this story, while examining the pretensions and provisions of the art world.
The work of this self-proclaimed “Humble Negro Printer” raises emotionally-charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print. By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Amos redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: exhilarating and subversive.
Join us for a showing of this film and Q&A session afterwards with the man himself.
Tues March 20th, 7pm - 9pm £5 adm