Fun with movable type.

Fun with movable type.

Archetype press is without a doubt my favorite class so far this term.  I don’t know if it’s the fact that im using equipment from a method that goes back 1000’s of years, or the fact that letterpress makes you realize how lazy a computer makes you. Our first project was fairly straightforward, we had to design postcards encouraging students to get out and vote.  We had to choose a  political soundbite or quote, i chose an Alexander Hamilton quote which i think is one of those eternally relevant quotes- “those who stand for nothing, fall for anything.”  And this is the design that came out of it.

We are currently underway with our second project which is even more fun and certainly a lot more challenging. Our teacher thought that in light of the current economic hardships in the U.S. and globally, that it would be appropriate to do a piece on a depression era song of our choosing. I ended up choosing Big Rock Candy Mountain by Harry McClintock. The song is about a hobo paradise, that contains among other things, police with wooden legs, cigarette trees, and soft-boiled eggs.  I thought this would be a perfect song to visualize through letterpress.  Currently we are conceptualizing and setting up proofs, here’s a sampling of one of my concepts. (note: this is meant to be a 4 page spread)

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