Collaborative Letterpress Project
The advanced Letterpress class had a guest lecturer and collaborative project that made us beginners a little jealous. Therefore when our teachers suggested that our class do a collaborative poster together, we unanimously agreed. We put all our ideas up on the board and voted on our theme being our home state, Wisconsin.
Naturally I instantly decided on a book theme, surprise surprise. I decided that my part of the whole would be in tribute to that book all little girls love, 'Little House in the Big Woods,' which was written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who was born in Pepin, Wisconsin, and the 'Big Woods' is Northern Wisconsin. Because I was interested in getting better at doing the linoleum block cutting, I decided to do a little stylized carving of Laura's house in the big woods. As for the rest of my piece? I really wanted to have wood type that said 'BIG WOODS' with 'Little House In The' being as small and cute as possible. As luck would have it, the way the type fit together left a nice rectangle in the upper right corner which would easily fit a carving.
On the day of the big collaboration. Everyone had their pieces ready and we placed them in the Vandercook's bed and then looked at all the extra space. Into those spaces we placed all these various cuts that we had that were so 'Wisconsin.' 4-H logos, maps of the states, pictures of the dairy board building, cows, what have you. It really got fun once we had two presses going, so we had some interesting overprints with the cuts. Also, the prints varied widely from piece to piece. We don't ink the Vandercook, instead we hand brayer on ink onto the pieces and are therefore able to get tons of different colors going. Plus the paper itself had been printed with a background texture and design the week before. I would say that this project, while a ton of work, was the most fun I had all semester in Letterpress and hope to get to do it again sometime.
Big shout out to everyone who worked on this, Beth and Liz, Debbie and Deb, Chris and Chris, Becca, May, and Allyse. And yes, we did have a lot of duplicate names in this class, seeing if you add me, we had three Elizabeths...