I was up at the crack of dawn…okay, before the crack about 4 a.m.– and before Hershel (our little rooster) started crowing. Now that's early! I love rising early even though I do LOVE to sleep 🙂 One of the few times when Scott and I have time for a real conversation over a cup of coffee. Today even though we planned on going separate ways for the day, we made time to get up early together. Darn it the busy-ness of life just stifles me so. But I try to really appreciate the morning glory on my way to where ever it is I'm headed to each day.
I like the early morning…the day is so full of possibilities. I'm a dreamer, you know. Love seeing how the sun comes up each day…in a new, unique and beautiful way–reminding me that God's hand is on me, guiding me. Even though I don't know what this day might hold, He does. And I'm good with that.
For the last couple of years I have been romancing the thought of letterpress. I got a taste a couple of years back in a typography class. UAFS has a letterpress workshop and its pretty sweet. Small, but a treasure on our campus. One of my current class assignments was to design an invitation for the Senior Portfolio Review– the Senior class chose my design as the one that would be produced for the event! I was surprised and thrilled. Its pretty awesome to see something like this come to life on an old school press. These photos simply do not do the letterpress character justice…its pretty scrumptious.
This is a Chandler and Price press…probably close to 100 year old. My fave!
The card is a 5 x 7 with a blind emboss (all designery words) and a black wrap/band. The back has a map and logo of the school press/shop. There was an insert for professionals (the small card) as well. I need to photograph to capture the beauty…but iPhone pic for now 😉
This is a Vandercook press…probably around 60 year old I think? Just look at that gold ink…to die for! Pretty cool, huh! Its a very meticulous and rewarding process. I just love. Anyone else out these have experience pressing?
I really hope to purchase a press soon– and start producing some of my work/lettering/books in editions as well as offering custom invitations, etc. I certainly have a LOT to learn, but would love to continue my little romance on my own after my school/class is done. Letterpress is truly a beautiful art form…and coincides with my love of paper, printing and design. So charming!
Hope you have a blessed weekend! xoxo