Vivid Red Ampersands
I printed these bright red ampersands for friends and family a while ago from woodblocks dating back over 100 years. I really liked the four different styles; a very musical character (which formed the basis for a family wedding invite that I helped create), a super fat face version, a smaller almost ’70s shape and a narrow western-style ampersand.
The blocks were found at the St. Bride typographic library in London, where I printed them using a Vandercook onto thick, textured, off-white stock.
Due to the woodblocks natural ageing and past use there are little marks and dings which I didn’t try to cover up—it just adds to the charm.
There are a few unframed ones available to buy on the Type Worship Shop. I thoguht they may make a nice, alternative, valentine’s gift
The final 8 Faces poster: Designed & printed by Erik Spiekermann
For the final poster in our series of limited edition artwork prints, we’ve done something truly special: number eight has been designed and hand-printed by Erik Spiekermann on his Korrex proof press in Berlin, using original wood and metal type. Above, you can also see some shots that Erik took of the printing process.
As with our previous prints, each copy is individually numbered and bears the 8 Faces blind-embossed stamp, but additionally each print has also been hand-signed by Erik!
Due to the high number of customers who pre-ordered all eight pieces of art, have less than 50 to sell, so be very quick!
All orders will ship in the last week of July, packed in protective cardboard tubes.
The final 8 Faces poster has been designed by… Erik Spiekermann!
We are very excited to reveal that the designer behind poster number eight is none other than Erik Spiekermann!
Not only has Erik designed the poster, but he’s also hand-printed it himself on his Korrex proof press in Berlin. Set using original wood type, the poster combines Erik’s signature colours (red and black on white of course!). Not only does the print feature the 8 Faces blind-embossed stamp, but this time around each one has also been signed by the artist.
Here’s a quick preview. We’ll reveal the whole thing next Wednesday.
Available to buy at 4pm BST on Wednesday 24th July
Modern Wood Type
In a process moving from digital to manual, these beautiful woodblocks have been designed in Illustrator, laser cut and then printed by hand.
Produced by Nigel Bents, Paul Oakley and Jonny Holmes while at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, the characters were based on a Bodoni poster typeface. The extreme stroke contrast has been used to house these playful decorative patterns.
The letters were cut from 3mm plywood then mounted on type-high blocks before letterpress printing at New North Press in Hoxton.
Even before inking, I love how the laser cutting has scorched a warm colour onto the wooden face of the letters.
Gradient, metallic inked forme of wooden type on a Vandercook Pre-Press at the St. Bride type library, Fleet street, London.
Interesting type compositions locked-up with metal and Resilite furniture.