Tuesday, October 11, 2011

what can be done on a handpress

back in the mid-1990s Auckland printer Tara McLeod (Pear Tree Press) printed a set of my poems titled Gallipoli on long sheets of paper on his Albion handpress. He had worked out a way of printing on a continuous roll of paper, and these prints were I think about eight feet long. The whole thing is set in wood type, and many of the shifts from one type size &/or style to another is dependant simply on the amount of each letter the printer had in his cases - a lovely way of working within workshop limitations and still getting a wonderful result. A friend has just reminded me of them and sent this picture which I thought I'd post here -