Book Review: Reinventing Letterpress
Everybody seems to be loving letterpress at the moment including me. A couple of years ago I did a letterpress course and it was so fun and really interesting. Setting type seriously takes SO LONG though! It took me hours just to set the type for the words 'Happy Christmas'. There was something that I really liked about the slow process though. It is a craft and it is very hands on. I guess ever since I have been practising design it has been about the computer so to get away from the screen and try and old school printing technique was amazing. Anyway back to this book. Since letterpress printing has become so popular there are loads of people giving a modern twist to the traditional art form and that is what this book is all about.
The book is a showcase of a whole variety of different letterpress artists. Each artist has examples of their work, and I found it so inspiring to be able to see such a wide range of different styles and designs. The cover of the book is nice and thick and feels great because of the letterpress on the cover, and I just love the pattern and printing of the end pages. It's the details that make the difference. The layout inside is simple but showcases the artwork with each artist having a page or double spread.
If you are at all interested in design, illustration or traditional printing then I think this book is great for inspiration. I just loved seeing all the different projects and also what is possible with letterpres, and this book is just a starting place to find out more. All of these artists have websites and so you can see more of their work and also buy some!
If you get it or already own it I would love to know what you think!