Polymer Photogravure

We’ve been experimenting with the catchily named Polymer Photogravure. Using a UV sensitive and water soluble polymer it is possible to turn photographs into relief printing plates. We are a little over excited about the possibilities of combining two of our great loves, photography and letterpress. Although we are still refining the process the initial…

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e-Ukiyo-e

With the onset of spring, a rather unassuming shrub in our garden has suddenly burst into colour with amazing luminous magenta flowers. It turns out to be a Japanese ornamental quince, which is probably why it reminded us of Hanami. We thought this would make an excellent subject for a series of Japanese style ukiyo-e…

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Rearrange

We’ve been working up at the Makernow fablab creating a set of magnetic woodblocks for letterpress printing. Our goal is to make a set of art/design tools that can be quickly and cleanly arranged and rearranged to make compositions and layouts on the press. The shapes are laser cut from plywood and backed with magnetic…

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Hot off the press

Here’s the latest from the shed (or super-delux-print-workshop if you like). After a lot of trial and even more error we’re finally getting the hang of making our own letterpress printing plates. It turns out watching something start as flat pixels on a computer and end up physically embossed into paper is very satisfying. Here’s…

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New year… old shed

Happy New Year. We’ve just finished work converting an old garden shed into a cosy letterpress workshop. It features all the modern printer could need, electric lighting, a two bar heater – but most excitingly a galley proofing press, Adana Eight-Five and a small but growing collection of type. We have also constructed a Heath…

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