At the beginning of the summer, I took a one week class on letterpress. I didn’t think I would like the class because, well, it was a class. Over the summer. From 9-5. Every day for a week. This was supposed to be summer – I wanted to sleep in, hang out with my friends, basically just not take an art class. Boy was I surprised when I ended up loving it. I often stayed until 7 or 8pm working on projects and I was disappointed when the week was over. Letterpress may be my favorite art form – the press itself is beautiful, and the medium is fonts, letters, words, sentences. Letterpress feels like a mix between art, history, and English; I love it. Here are some of the things I made in my class:
This was one of the first things I made – I liked the circus-y feeling of the font. The assignment for this first project was just to put our names on the press and test it out.
This is one of my favorite quotes from Hamlet that is never given enough credit. I liked putting quotes on my posters, and this one felt, as my friend would say, very meta. This is a poster in which the words that I chose to use were just “words.”
This is a fun saying that I found on pinterest that is now hanging in my apartment at school.
This is the tray that I set up my metal type on to make business cards. This was undoubtedly the most tedious part of the entire week, but I knew the outcome would be worth it. (I’m not sharing what the business cards look like on here because I like them too much – I’m saving them to give to people who really deserve them).
Buzz Lightyear was spot-on with this quote-worthy saying; they are poster-worthy words to live by.
This is one of my favorite quotes of all time. It is a Winnie the Pooh quote and this poster hangs above my bed. Whenever I look at this poster it reminds me that it’s okay to care too much, it’s okay to love, it’s okay to wear your heart on your sleeve; it also reminds me that not everyone is like this, it isn’t necessary to care about everything all the time, and that there are some things not worth caring about – some things are okay to let go of.