Michael Gill

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1372 Edwards Ave
Cleveland
OH
44107
United States
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I came to letterpress printing as a writer, and came to wood block printing when I needed pictures to go with the stories and rhymes I made for my kids. My focus is hand-made childrens books, illustrated with color wood block prints.
In the black cats night, eyes float like yellow stars. Woodcut print, 6 X 7, from Common Household Rhymes for the Modern Child
In the black cats night, eyes float like yellow stars. Woodcut print, 6 X 7, from Common Household Rhymes for the Modern Child
The Red Pipe Wrench on Dads Workbench
The Red Pipe Wrench on Dads Workbench
The City Is A Roller Rink
The City Is A Roller Rink
After Your Bedtime, the Owls Come Out.
After Your Bedtime, the Owls Come Out.
Interview with Michael from Michael Gill
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
2009
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I like the complete control over the printing process, from the fact that I can actually do it myself to the control of the amount of ink on the pages. I like the mechanical, physical nature of the project. I like the tactile quality of the resulting work
What inspires you?: 
My children, their lives, and words. All my projects begin with the words. I came to letterpress looking for a way to reproduce words that was more physical than virtual, more dignified than carbon toner. I marvel at other woodblock printerss skill, and the elegance of foundry type.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
I mostly use a Vandercook 4T for my book projects. I occasionally use a Chandler and Price platen press for cards and other small projects.
How would you describe your artwork?: 
My work is accessible, simple, and plays with the way layers of ink lay on each other. It is made to complement words--rhymes, stories.
What kind of products do you create?: 
My primary focus is childrens books, though I also make the occasional broadside, business card, bookmark, or greeting card.
Do you offer custom work?: 
no
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Occasionally .... The single sheet book form, June 2012, at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory, Cleveland.
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