New Letterpress Print: “Path of the MER-A Rover ‘Spirit'”

Printmaking, Scientific Exploration

Got a new print done at the Bow & Arrow Press. This one is called Path of the MER-A Rover “Spirit” and represents the 6-year lifetime of the Spirit rover on Mars as it skirted craters and made its way to the Columbia Hills. The craters on the plains are printed in PANTONE warm Red and the Columbia Hills massif is printed in PANTONE 153 on Lettra 220# letterpress paper. The path of the rover (highlighted in this photograph, taken with the print oriented to an oblique light source) is embossed without ink.

Path-of-Spirit

The paper size is 9.75″ x 8.25″, the edition size is 40 and they are available for sale.

Two New Prints: “Fovea” and a Name Too Long to be Tweeted

Letterpress, Scientific Exploration

The end of another semester, one started out with a rash of missed classes because of crazy winter weather, but slowly managed to unfold into a pretty successful time, if stressful. So to celebrate the end, and to enjoy a nice clean press room thanks to my Extension School students, I ran a couple of projects, both of which had been simmering on the back burner for some time.

The first is the print “Fovea”. This is a three-color letterpress piece done on Lettra 220#. A fovea is the central portion of the human retina, where the photoreceptors crowd very close together to give you detail color vision. This is a representation of the pattern of color-sensitive cones as they cluster in the fovea:

Fovea

Quick Shot of a New Linguistic Letterpress Piece

Letterpress, Linguistic Deconstruction

Here’s a quick cellphone shot of my new letterpress piece, “The Sounds of English”:

Sounds-of-English-Preview

The gray line in the middle represents all of the sounds used in the English language as coded through the International Phonetic Alphabet. The top and bottom lines, the title of the piece in the IPA and in English orthography, are supposed to be 342 green, but the color didn’t really come through. The 26 letters we use in the alphabet that may or may not correspond to any particular speech sound are embossed behind the IPA symbols, but that particular detail is even harder to see here.

I’ll edition these on Sunday, and will get a better shot then, but I figured I’d post this now.

Printing Seminar for Open Letters at the B&A

Bow & Arrow Press, Letterpress

Another fun thing that happened in January, we had a Friday seminar at the Bow & Arrow Press for Open Letters, a publication of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Ten students and the instructors came out and we put together some lovely prints using lead, linoleum and photopolymer.

Some Fun Letterpress Pieces

Letterpress

While I was working on “Nominal Chinati” I whipped out some quick runs on the letterpress at the Bow & Arrow just for funsies. These will be posted on my Etsy site as soon as I get good images.

One of my favorite wordsmiths, even though he “only” wrote noir mysteries. 8″x 10″, printed in a mix of Standard Italic 30 pt and 18 pt.

ChandlerPrint

Editioned: Graphic Shipping Containers

Infrastructure, Printmaking

Finally had the time to go sign and number the small shipping container prints. This series is all 13″ x 6.25″, printed in black on Lettra 220# fluorescent white paper. There are 40 members in the edition, and I’m reserving numbers 1-13 as complete sets.

Click to embiggen on any one of these:

Graphic-Cosco Graphic-Evergreen Graphic-Hamburg-Süd Graphic-Hanjin Graphic-Hapag-Lloyd Graphic-Maersk Graphic-NYK

Shipping Container Series: Hanjin, Maersk, Cosco

Infrastructure, Printmaking

Today was a busy time at the Bow & Arrow Press, where I was not only running a four-color broadside for a poetry reading at Emory University, but also running editions of my long-waiting shipping container project. I pulled three sets of prints for the series, and each will be signed in an edition of 27 when they’re dry:

Cosco-in-Warm-Grey-7

Cosco in Warm Grey 7

More Cube Pixel Prints: Four of Four

Printmaking

Before and after class at the Bow & Arrow on Saturday I started messing around with my cubes of wood again. This time I started playing with four groups of four blocks, set roughly in lines, and used some graphite ink I’d mixed earlier in the month. I’m really pleased with the silvery color of the graphite mixture, it’s very handsome and layers quite nicely. Some of the earlier runs were too simple, so I added a color progression starting with PANTONE Yellow and adding a rusty red mixture one of my regulars had whipped up for a recent project. The results were interesting:

Four-of-Four-GGYO

Four of Four: Graphite Graphite Yellow Orange

 

Four-of-Four-GYOR

Four of Four: Graphite Yellow Orange Red

 

Four-of-Four-Multigraphite

Four of Four: Multigraphite