Making the invisible visible, with ink and type
After documenting its progress on Twitter for over a month, Laura Hudson’s inky typographic project reached its zenith this weekend. As part of her final degree project, Laura has created a time-lapse film of ink being absorbed into a lettered design to reveal a message about the invisible nature of mental illness.
As a sufferer of depression Laura wanted to highlight a cause she felt passionate and aligned her project with the Time to Change mental health campaign. “The idea is as the ink absorbs it’s physically making the fact visible, raising awareness.”
Inspired by Oscar Diaz’s Ink calendar, she contacted him to ask about paper typed used, but after a slightly cagey response she decided to test out different types of paper herself, finally settling on 300gsm scientific grade blotting paper.
Her lettered design was then laser cut into the paper and suspended in her studio. The ends of the paper structure rested in vials of cyan printer ink and the natural capillary action of the paper drew the pigment up the lettering. The process produced some lovely chromatic bleed effects (as shown).
Laura took time-lapse photos to record the process. In tests the ink moved 15cm in five minutes over a straight line but at the scale of the final design it slowed dramatically after six days, requiring only one photograph every 12 hours to measure its progress. Other challenges also cropped up on the way: “Unfortunately I’ll be pressing the camera shutter for my project. Time lapse is broken so now I’m babysitting!”
After a little ‘encouragement’ with warm water the ink was finally absorbed into the whole piece and the film was completed. Take a look here.
Chance favors only the prepared mind
This latest 8 Faces artwork print is by Berlin based, Laura Serra, and showcases her unique style of pencil lettering and ink splatter. Laura chose this adage for her poster by Louis Pasteur the French microbiologist and chemist who originally conceived the idea of battling germs to defeat disease.
If your mind is prepared you may be able to grab one of these limited edition A3 (297mm x 420mm) prints as they go on sale shortly, at 4pm GMT today. There are less than 50 left.
Valentine’s day idea?
Not only is the lettering beautiful — that split ‘Type’ — but I’m loving the soft indentation on the ‘spongy’ paper and the depth of colour from this scarlet ink.
This limited edition letterpress print might make a nice gift…
OK yes, I just convinced myself and bought one.
Beautiful lettering poster by Ken Barber, printed by The Aesthetic Union. You could buy a copy here and learn more about the process on Ken’s blog post.
The Voice of all the Gods - New work by Seb Lester
Over the last couple of months Seb has taken a break from his client work to focus on some personal prints. I’ve been in contact with him, planning an interview for 8 Faces magazine (stay tuned for details), so when he shared a sneak peak of this piece last week, I was wowed: The curves, the letterforms, the contrast of the metallic ink and matt paper, were stunning.
The bold words are taken from Shakespeare’s ‘Loves Labours Lost.’
I first became aware of Seb’s work in 2010 after he’d left Monotype, where he’d been working as Senior Type designer for many years. I bought one of his prints, “Peace”, which arrived with my address penned in beautiful calligraphic script on the label.
Yesterday he released three major new pieces. This is the first of them that I’ll be posting about.
'The Voice of all the Gods'
Signed limited edition screen print, edition of 100, 594 X 420 mm (A2), £75.
Metallic Gold ink on black Plike art paper, 330gsm.
Letterpress wedding invitation: vintage wood type poster
Using the international printing museum’s collection of antique wood and metal type Three Steps Ahead produced this limited set of posters for a wedding. Three main colour ways were hand inked onto French Speckletone paper.
The result is fantastic as I’m sure you’ll agree.
Three Steps Ahead: Lisa & Marty Wedding