Remember Big Thing No. 1? Well, here is Big Thing No. 2. It is sitting in the late morning light of my studio in all it's antique glory--- a Baltimore #11 letterpress, over 100 years old. And actually, "big thing" may be a bit of a misnomer. The #11 is quite small for a letterpress, and I'll be starting by printing things like gift tags, calling cards, and little 4bar notes.
I took a wonderful letterpress and bookbinding class at Albertine Press over a year ago and fell in love with the letterpress process. The idea of procuring a press and the necessary equipment, though, seemed way too intimidating--- until the demise of Gocco. In a way, the closing of one door motivated me to open another. Billy kept encouraging me to get one, and when you are lucky enough to have someone that supportive, what can you do but listen? I'm so very, very excited to begin exploring letterpress with my sweet new little machine.
(If you are unfamiliar with letterpress, this short letterpress documentary is worth watching.)