H.N. Werkman Workshop at Lead Graffiti

November, 2017

I recently had the great pleasure of taking part in a workshop at Lead Graffiti, a fine letterpress shop/studio located in Newark, DE. Led by the intrepid proprietors of Lead Graffiti, Jill Cypher and Ray Nichols, the hands-on Workshop is inspired by the work of the Dutch artist, typographer and printer, H.N. Werkman. Working with wood type mostly as shapes and forms, and rolling ink onto the type, the pieces are placed upside down onto the paper which is on the printing bed, and then the cylinder of the press passes over the type (pressing into the paper) for the impression. It was a much looser—downright liberating—way of working. Quite fun, something I hope to continue to do again at my own shop.


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