In Typography, we had a go at a letterpress, using our initials to create the word and printing with a soft gold ink. We had to line up our letters into a tray and secure them into position so when they were put through the press they didn’t move out of position. We then rolled the ink over the letters and carefully placed paper on top, making sure not to smudge the ink onto the paper. It was then rolled through the press, the paper was lifted and this was the final result!
I really enjoyed this activity as it took me back to the origin of uniform type and taught me to appreciate Gutenberg’s hard work, patience and perseverance. It was great to get ‘hands on’ with this technique and I would like to practice this again to improve.