Sorts and Cuts

About a month ago, Davin exclaimed, "I have a fun project for us to do!" 

(As if our other projects aren't fun..?!?)

"What is it?" 

"My friend just had a baby, and wants an alphabet for the wall. I thought we could do a wood type print for him..?" 

"Yes! let's! - we'll each do a different one and the baby can choose his favorite." 



That's how this print started for me. I anticipated it to be an afternoon project, but more than three weeks later, I am just finishing. 

I did a set of alphabet flash cards a few years ago, and these came to mind when I started this. I used some printers cuts from Woodside, and decided I would experiment with how I printed the color of the cuts. I also added some tiny type (my favorite). 

I've loved working on this piece, so much so, I got a weekend job to support more un-comissioned work like this. This print was the unexpected push I needed. 

It's helped remind me of what got me so entwined in this craft, and the inspiration I get when hunting through different letterpress shops. It was refreshing to get absorbed in this print for the last month, while transitioning into Spring 2015 and a new home. 

I'm now settling into Crown Heights - Brooklyn; nestled in an apartment a block away from MassArt friends. Here is where I will hang my personal edition of Sorts and Cuts

Below are photos of the process to make Sorts and Cuts:
 

The first proofs pulled of the alphabet.

The first proofs pulled of the alphabet.

Alphabet Form locked up on the press - Vandercook SP-20 was used for this print. 

Alphabet Form locked up on the press - Vandercook SP-20 was used for this print. 

I printed cuts on tracing paper and layer them over the alphabet to play with the positioning of the cuts and which ones I'd use because each was printed separately. 

I printed cuts on tracing paper and layer them over the alphabet to play with the positioning of the cuts and which ones I'd use because each was printed separately. 

The first cut to be printed - a fish

The first cut to be printed - a fish

Second cut - A mayonnaise jar - this one was my personal favorite for 2 reasons - I love vintage jars/packaging & it reads "positively different" under the brand name. 

Second cut - A mayonnaise jar - this one was my personal favorite for 2 reasons - I love vintage jars/packaging & it reads "positively different" under the brand name. 

Next a lobster and crab were added - mayo and shellfish - a correlation I attribute to growing up in New England. 

Next a lobster and crab were added - mayo and shellfish - a correlation I attribute to growing up in New England. 

A juicy strawberry.

A juicy strawberry.

This beetle wasn't originally going to be positioned this way but when proofing, I loved how it looked like it was propelling off the strawberry.

This beetle wasn't originally going to be positioned this way but when proofing, I loved how it looked like it was propelling off the strawberry.

A test sheet when I was getting the cars ready - the wagoner was a car my Dad had when we were little and it felt so big to me, and my twin sister that we considered the back to be our "play space."

A test sheet when I was getting the cars ready - the wagoner was a car my Dad had when we were little and it felt so big to me, and my twin sister that we considered the back to be our "play space."

An outtake from a lots of bad photos

An outtake from a lots of bad photos

The type for the title and edition number. 

The type for the title and edition number. 

My test sheets that I kept on the floor next to the press for reference. 

My test sheets that I kept on the floor next to the press for reference. 

piles of trace that I cut up for positioning 

piles of trace that I cut up for positioning 

This amazing fridge cut didn't make it in this print, but will surely make an appearance at some point. 

This amazing fridge cut didn't make it in this print, but will surely make an appearance at some point. 

As will this sailboat

As will this sailboat

THE FINISHED PRINT   Several of the remaining Sorts & Cuts prints are AVAILABLE HERE to purchase.   

THE FINISHED PRINT

 

Several of the remaining Sorts & Cuts prints are AVAILABLE HERE to purchase. 

 

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

 

NYC : 

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• WOOD TYPE PRINT & POSTER WORKSHOP

December 14th / 10am - 5pm / Woodside Press - Brooklyn, NY

check out the details and sign up here!

MA : 

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• LETTERPRESS HOLIDAY CARDS

November 16th & 17th / 10am - 4pm / Montserrat College of Art / Beverly, MA

check out the details and sign up here!

• LETTERPRESS TAGS & CREATIVE GIFT WRAPPING

• December 20th / 6-10pm / My Studio: #4 50 Island Street Lawrence, MA

* For more information please email me at bessie@bimpressedshop.com