Typographic Design & Printing by Peter Fraterdeus (10x15 Heidelberg Windmill)
"Ploasters" produced for the 2011 Plone Conference in San Francisco (10x15 Heidelberg Windmill)
Messages Lost in Time Print Exchange. Wood Type on dampened repurposed Lettra. Series of 40 (Vandercook 219)
Hand-made book cover, 15th C woodcut image, printed in silver on dampened stock (Vandercook 219)
Interview with Peter from SlowPrint™ : Letterpress for Design
When did you start letterpress printing?:
1967 in Junior High School, then in the 1980s, then in 2007!
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
It requires literacy, historical awareness, visual deliberation and consciousness of subtlety. High-touch over high-tech.
What inspires you?:
Beautiful hand-drawn letterforms, handmade papers, the sunlight warming the Windmill, Irish fiddle tunes, kind and lovely people.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
Two Heidelberg 10x15 Windmills (black-ball 1950s, & red-ball 1960s), a Vandercook 219 (19"x26" max sheet size), a 1920s Miehle V36 Cylinder (13"x19" max sheet) and my iconic 10x15 Old Style Chandler & Price. I use oil-based inks pretty much exclusively, as the smell of rubber-base inks is distasteful. Also, I much prefer the behavior of oil inks, including fine etching inks stretched with boiled linseed, shortened with mag carbonate, etc. We use a range of high-touch papers, from Strathmore's Writing Cover (110-130#), Lettra (getting boring, I'm afraid), Legion Bamboo, Arturo, Arches and Rives printmaking, Hahnemuhle Etching, on up to handmade from Velke Losiny, Japan, and out-of-production 1960s English handmade sheets.
How would you describe your artwork?:
Mostly jobbing. We print 10s of thousands of business cards every year for clients all over the continent and around the world. We'll also do fine invitation work, of course, and other stationery. When I'm printing for myself, it will very often be with our wood type collection, on dampened paper, using my own special inking techniques.
What kind of products do you create?:
Business cards for legal, professional and fine art clients Note cards, greeting cards, Invitations, posters, die-cut etc etc
Do you offer custom work?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
We're considering offering a long-term apprenticeship at our studio in Dubuque, Iowa (three hours west of Chicago, two hours from Madison, 1.5 from Iowa City)
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