As many of you may know, the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, has been forced to relocate, and needs help raising $250,000 to get 30,000 sq. feet of printing history packed up and ready for a new home. The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world.
To help raise money and awareness for the museum, Mama’s Sauce (The Gourmet Print & Design Shop) is releasing a set of 7 letterpress printed alphabet coasters inspired by the legacy and craft of Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Love Letters includes the letters A, E, I, O, U, Y, and &, designed by a star-studded cast, which includes: Fuzzco (A), Justin Mezzell (E), Aaron Draplin (I), Dana Tanamachi (O), Jon Contino (U), Ross Moody (Y) and Jessica Hische (&).
As I started typing this blog post, the limited quantity of 200 coaster sets was still available for purchase; however, as I now click on the link for Mama’s Sauce Shop, they are all sold out. Hopefully, if the demand is there they might print more, so check out the shop page for any updates! Nonetheless, you can still contribute to Hamilton Wood Type by clicking here and donating anything that you can.
Check out the video below, chronicling the making of this wonderful project!
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What are Dire Warnings you might ask? They are a terrific series of prints created by Diane and Madeline Tompkins, with bits of wisdom they’d heard from elders or read in books—and according to the ladies, these old sayings might just provide a bit of wisdom for today’s sticky situations! The original art pieces (Diane cut the silhouettes and Madeline did the hand-lettering) were created for a Halloween Show in the Kansas City area, and since they did so well in sales, the duo decided to create a small run of letterpress prints for their Etsy store ($8 each). Check out their excellent work below and browse their store for more hand-lettered, paper cut designs and letterpress art prints.
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Svetlana Lomakina (first time in my life that I have ever written about anyone else with my name—so I am quite excited!) created a limited edition (there will only be 50 printed) Picasso + Typography Letterpress print, to combine her love of both Picasso and typography. She says, “I love to draw letters very much, for me it’s some kind of meditation, every letter is like a special alive character.” Check out the print below, and visit her website and blog for more of her awesome hand lettering work!
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If you love letterpress—this is the perfect app for you! LetterMpress is a virtual letterpress environment, that will allow you to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints. The design process is the same as the letterpress process—you place and arrange type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink the type, and print. You will be able to create unlimited designs, with multiple colors, using vintage wood type and art cuts. You can print your design directly from LetterMpress or save it as an image for import it into other applications. Their site features a variety of video tutorials about the assortment of projects that can be done with this application—so check it out and get your Guttenberg on!
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