September is gathering pace and I’m starting to think about wood-gathering and spider-jousting. It also means that the cats (aka the Boys of Bont) are spending longer in the house now that the fire is being lit in the evening. September also means that Ellen comes home for a holiday and we spend time together, making and chatting. We were planning to go to Scotland but that plan fell through and so we’ve padded around the house and been to Salford to Hot Bed Press to do some poster printing.
My design is still a work in progress, although you can see the first part of the forme with its somewhat inelegant lock-up. Because the type isn’t set square, I’ve had to improvise, much to the amusement of Elizabeth Willow who teaches Letterpress at HBP. It will be a three colour print eventually and I’ll have some to sell at Yarndale on the stall whose whereabouts is currently a mystery, B9 for treasure-seekers, but don’t rely on the map (hint ... go for a coffee in a quiet corner).
Ellen hadn’t set type before but took to the task like a woman-born. You can see her first ever pull and print below. The magic of print just never ceases. If you haven’t printed with moveable type and would like to try, there’s a few places I can recommend to get you started. It really is a magical process.
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