For this week I wanted to focus on two videos, one showing the slow, but satisfying process of letter press print, and the other showing how antique process like letterpress and paper making struggle to compete in a digital world. The first video is Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film, A short film about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University. The film follows Paul Collier as he gives insight into how long the process takes to make a print, how old the materials he uses are, and how satisfying it is to get a print off the press and see that type with an inked in impression that an ink jet cant reproduce.
the video, filmed by Danny Cooke can be found at http://www.dannycooke.co.uk/my-films/Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.
The Second video Ink and Paper follows two companies Aardvark Letterpress, and McManus & Morgan Paper. the video follows the struggles and obstacles these two companies face in a digital world, and their reasons for staying for staying committed to there craft. Please check out Aardvark Letterpress, and Mcmanus & Morgan Paper at the following links.
and check out the director, Ben Proudfoot's website here. benproudfoot.com
ink&paper from Ben Proudfoot on Vimeo.