ΠAdventures - Part 2

So here they are – three of the finished books. With some close ups of some of the pages, and notes on the text, the paper, the type... and why these really aren't suitable for children despite looking a bit like children's books!

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ΠAdventures РPart 1

Πligatures.... what can you do with them? Make an artist's book of course! Plus some notes on layout and the magical qualities of tracing paper, and the forme police are alerted to an unorthodox use of spacing.

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Hendrik Werkman – The Graphic Designer's Printer

Hendrik Werkman was a commercial printer in the Netherlands, but is now remembered for his groundbreaking collaged artworks composed of type, rules, printing furniture and other objects. Many of the techniques employed by contemporary letterpress printers today – such as masking type, printing pictures of people from sorts, printing the back of woodtype – were pioneered by Werkman in the 1920s and 30s...

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Printing for Pleasure, by John Ryder

Why is this one of the best loved letterpress books ever written? First of all, it really is the best introduction to letterpress printing for the beginner. But John Ryder does so much more. The twin themes of ‘pleasure’ and ‘experimentation’ run through the entire book and this, I believe, is what makes Printing for Pleasure so relevant to contemporary letterpress practice.

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Press Marks

Every private press needs a press mark or device. It works a bit like a trademark (I'd rather not call it a logo) which is usually printed on the title page of any book produced by a private press. As I want to print content that has something to say, using speech marks, or commas, or other pieces of actual type for the press mark seems to fit, so I started messing with the punctuation.  

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Keeping it Semple

Why "Semple Press"? A little about the background of the name and how it all started...

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