This was my first attempt at building a printing workshop in the garage. It was cold. In fact it was too cold to use for most of the year but it's where I learned to print and produced my first inky creations. I've spent many hours in there sorting fonts and composing printing plates and ideas.
Each letter block has a story to tell even though we may never know what that story is. These old printing blocks have had a life, the've survived their redundancy, not been repurposed in a craft project and made it into my collection to live again and be used for their orignal intended purpose, to be printed with.
Collecting old wooden fonts is not easy. Finding full sets is almost impossible as they often get split up for craft projects. Fonts stored in damp garages and attics are often in poor condition. Sometimes they're full of woodworm, split or too worn to use. It's a labour of love, finding and restoring these to functional working items.
Printing can be quite harsh on the environment. I only use environmentally safe products for printing and for cleaning. No plastics are ever used, no glitter, no microplastics, no plastic wraps. My products, inks, glues and envelopes are all Vegan friendly. The paper I use is 100% recyclable and sustainable and whereever I can papers will include a high proportion (often 100%) of recyclable materials.
I sometimes carve out greetings cards to sell at fairs. These are
original artwork, drawn and carved freehand then hand printed, finished and coloured. They're printed on FSC certified sustainable card using environmentally friendly vegan inks. They include 100% recycled paper envelopes sealed with with vegan (potato starch) gum. They are sold in recycled paper bags so no plastic, no glitter, no microplastics.
I like to use tradition woodcut style carving and shading when making prints. I use a variety of materials, wood sheet, lino, reclaimed flooring or floor tiles. The process is always fairly similar but the results from different materials varies greatly.