A Friendly Exchange

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A Friendly Exchange

One of the joys of letterpress is belonging to a small community of craftspeople and collectors. So when we decided to invest in a new cylinder press, it wasn't hard to find a fellow looking to sell. John brought his up from New Jersey and it turned out to be a perfect fit for our shop.

In exchange for a little extra support, we printed some sweet cards from a vintage metal Harley Davidson plate he had.

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Words to live by: William H. Channing

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Words to live by: William H. Channing

New work based on the words of Massachusetts transcendentalist writer William H. Channing (1810-1884) to encourage an inspired approach to life, designed by 

Mihaeko

, printed by 

EM Letterpress

.

8x10 inch silver ink on black paper. 

Exquisitely designed and printed - perfect for any home, office, or classroom.

Also available in a 16x20 poster printed in light gray ink on a cotton mould made paper from Europe. 

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The Cape in Winter





Getting away for a few minutes is as important to creative work as being on press or behind the camera. Just to stare at the haze or the sand and not to think. We spend so much time running, doing.

What do you do when you need a break?

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Happy New Year

2014 brings some changes with it to EM Letterpress. First to report is our move to North Attleboro, MA, where we are teamed up with The Artcraft Company, and can now offer almost every conceivable form or printing - or just about anything you can do to piece of paper. One of our first projects for the year combined letterpress and offset printing, as well some bindery work to create Stoltze Design's 30th anniversary celebration in the form of a 2014 calendar. We're looking forward to a year of exciting new opportunities - what else can we do to a piece of paper?

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CMYK +1

Designed by Jen Strickland for Amy Clarkson. Both designer and customer were on press to help guide the process, mostly for the contrast the black plate gave. The four colors were run without the benefit of a densitometer, but the results were for the most part consistent and true. Text was printed in a spot pantone gray, instead of a screen of black. Screened type may look alright flat from an offset press, but it detracts from typography in letterpress. Process printing with letterpress is not just fun, it's reliable, and beautiful. There's an elegance to the layers of ink and impression that only letterpress can offer. In the case of a very short run like this (250 press sheets) it was also very practical.

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Unholy Sonnets








9 folios, 3 signatures, a reinforcing accordion fold with end-sheets. Long stitch was covered (for aesthetics and protection) by same paper to make the spine match the end and center sheets, and contrast with the gold cover.

Unholy Sonnets by Barton Levi St. Armand of Brown University, printed by Ziggurat Press.

This project was kind of like a phoenix rising from the ashes. It's great to be a letterpress printer among many running fun design jobs like cards and invitations, but there's nothing like a fine-press artist's book to test everything you know. Some very careful press work went into this book.

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