Printing is not just a button that you click
Took part in: 2016 and 2017
I’ve discovered typography during a 6-month stay in Sao Paulo – Brazil.
At Oficina Tipografica Sao Paulo
Claudio Rocha and Marcos Mello were my teachers there. They are the ones responsible for giving me this incurable disease called “Typography” 😉
The power to clean rolls full of ink in a snap of a finger.
I prefer to print with others because this way you can share your ideas and the prints are always more creative this way. However, living and working in the middle of the mountains I often find myself printing alone with only the marmots helping me out.
Honesty, humor and the ability to say “let’s go!” when we decide to start printing at midnight!
Night-time is a special moment where the good ideas often come. There is a bit of this feeling that the newspaper printers must have felt when finishing their edition (in french it is called “bouclage”). Only them were awake and preparing something the people would discover the next morning.
I think Antique Olive Extra Bold Italique from Roger Excoffon is a great font to come back from death. It is the typeface of the Air France logotype and therefore I would just fly off in first class Concorde drinking champagne when coming back from the grave.
Magnets but please don’t tell this to Gutenberg, he would kill me.
1984 form Georges Orwell
I would love to visit the atelier from Aldo Manuzio in Venezzia to discover this period with such creativity and skillful craftsmen.
I have one Korrex Stuttgart, one small Adana press and one transportable A3 proof press that I use for my workshops outside the atelier.
I would really like to have a larger press to print 40 × 60 posters. Until now I can only print A3+ and many of the woodtype fonts I have are just too big for this size. So this is an announce if anyone has a 40 × 60 proof press to sell, I am there the next morning 😉
In my atelier when printing with friends and with the walls full of prints.
My greatest fear is to be too isolated to keep my creativity moving on. Living far away from the city I either need to move to bigger places or to make people come and visit the atelier.
Spread the message that printing is not just a button that you click and that there is a whole history behind this that we need to know. Especially when working with kids, I think it is important for them to know where we come from and also to see that we can experiment so many things with printing.
My day job is graphic designer.
I am sometimes creating backgrounds with spray stencils and mixing it with letterpress. Also with kids they are preparing their own backgrounds with acrylic painting and then superposing the types.