Letterpress (Pillowface Press)

  • PILLOWFACE PRESS is a small printmaking studio I set up to experiment with handset typography and photopolimer. Until recently, ours was one of the most traditional and conservative trades. For five hundred years, the tools and techniques of assembling type have not changed. Fonts were discreet, tangible things, you experienced on a physical level. In every letter, every space and ruler, there was a trace of the creators hand. Computers changed everything. Typesetting became easy and responsive, type choices became infinite, and the layout possibilities became limitless, bound only by the the imagination of a designer. But some people still cling to the old ways. They long for the harmony of a line justified by hand, and the slight bite that the metal blocks leave on the paper. They rejoice in the tiny variations between prints, and the smell of fresh ink. I’ve gotten into design because I fell in love with computers. I’ve gotten into letterpress, because I fell in love with design.¶
  • Dr. Gulkoff’s Restorative Tonic. Distributed at the Medicine/Printing show of the Traveling Pressman.
  • Carte de Visite — a petite version of the better known Cabinet Cards.
    Printed letterpress on a 5x8 Kelsey with brown oil-based ink.
  • Experimented with coffee staining and round corners, and decided I like plain square form better. Wetting fuzzed crisp lines and erased the slight relief. Still, could have it's uses.
  • Quality white phosphoros matches available at the Pillowface Press traveling print and medicine show!
  • Close-up of the matchbox label
  • Inspired by a faux-underground resistant movement from “12 Chairs” — a great satirical book by Ilf and Petrov.
  • A bookmark printed for the APA bundle.
  • “The Fool” Tarot Card
  • Showcasing some interesting cuts picked up durin the Printer’s Fair at Fort Mason (San Francisco).
    Shriners, Masonic and Eastern Star insignia.
  • Thanksgiving Greeting Card
  • A card for the traveling printshop
  • A mock version of the famous undeground revolutionary newspaper “Iskra” timed and printed for April 1st.
  • The Little Sigwalt Chicago #9 circa 1907
  • Wood Engraving Setup
  • My humble studio setup