I participated in a small letterpress workshop at the Cracker Factory in Geneva, NY last weekend and made an edition of 22 weird posters.
The workshop was run by Jessie Reich, founder of Auburn’s Punky Press, and I feel like I learned a week’s worth of lessons in just about 7 hours. Mostly, it was great to get my hands a little dirty and pull prints from a couple of different Vandercook presses. The Cracker Factory has a great collection of antique wood type, and I tried to get as many examples of it as possible in that poster. I’m happy with the result, but having gone through the process, there are definitely some things I’d have done differently. I was totally exhausted at the end of the day, and am still a bit sore from running the manual press.
The text of the poster comes is a quote that has been in my head for the last 20 years; it’s something my freshman-year bio lab partner said to me when our professor handed out poisonous chemicals for an experiment we were doing. I still think it’s one of the best things anyone’s ever said aloud.
If you want a copy of one of these, let me know (patrick @ this domain) and I’ll set one aside for you. Supplies are limited!
Below are some more images I took from the day, documenting the space and the process. I’m totally ready to go back and do some more printing.