Monday, June 18, 2007

Type A

Originally uploaded by notionnanny
Another maker I worked with in California was a wonderful letterpress printer named Macy Chadwick. She has been doing letterpress printing for over a decade and once inherited an enormous collection ot type from a retired collector named Mr. Livingstone. Upon his death, the type was nearly sold for eleven cents a pound as scrap metal. Thankfully, Macy got a call and rescued the historic collection.

We decided to reproduce the Notion Nanny peddler's cry as an oversize tag to hang on the basket. First we looked through thousands of tiny motifs to find this selection of tools and objects. Setting the type takes a lot of precision, as each piece of type must be fit, puzzle-like, into a block, filling in open space with tiny slivers of metal.


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