Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A bookplate, a broadside, stuff in pictures

Jane Austen, a portrait by JM. Engraving. approx. 3"x4".

Inspiration is drawn from the profile outline from L'aimable Jane silhouette at the National Portrait Gallery, the pelisse possibly worn by Jane Austen, and the portrait by Cassandra Austen.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Ornamental Architecture: Part 2

The fruits of Labour. Thank Heaven the forme didn't fall to pieces.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Ornamental Architecture

By now, I think you may begin to realize I have a developing fascination with ornaments. A local letterpress enthusiast group of printers has formed in Vancouver over the last year and a bit, the Vancouver Letterpress League, and the premiere collaborative piece is a calendar for 2014. I happen to have accepted June.

For my part, I wanted to play in metal, and so I am attempting to render our city hall, an imposing art deco building opened in 1936, in a composition of ornaments and brass rule.

I began with the clock tower. and worked my way down to the main entrance. I'll be working out into the wings next, but I wanted to be sure my math was correct before adding the next section. With the grace of God, this forme will lockup firmly. The size of the calendar cannot hold the whole structure, but I will print it in its entirety as a separate broadside, provided it all fits in the chase.