Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Art Of Letterpress

With almost everything in the media industry being produced by computers these days, it's nice to see how things were done before the digital age.  There's something special about a product that was made manually that just can't be captured by a digital machine.  Filmmaker Danny Cooke has just released a short documentary film about an ages old printing technique called letterpress, where each letter is placed in its position by hand, locked down and then passed underneath an inked roller where the letters literally press ink onto a piece of paper.  Seeing this process of printing is a rare treat as there are only a few movable-type printing workshops left in the world.

Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

So the next time you're feeling a creative block, turn off the computer and pick up a pen or paintbrush and remind yourself what it's like to create something with your hands.

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