Actually I use a platen press. But “The Presses are opening and Closing” doesn’t have the mass appeal of “The Presses are Rolling”.
I regularly use two printing presses: a Kelsey 5″ x 7″ from the 1940s and an earlier Vandercook o1 proof press. The Folk School printing shop has no home (a temporary situation) so the equipment is being housed (and used on a limited basis) off site.
The Owosso plates were beautiful and things went very smoothly. The results are below and I invite your comments.
In addition to these tags I’ve developed a simple mailing label and tape strip for packaging. I printed samples on a standard HP Inkjet printer and really like them, but I’m considering having plates made for these, too. I really love the tactile nature of letterpress. Everything is razor sharp and the image is pressed into the paper.
I will be spending tomorrow putting together my pieces to be submitted to the Indiana Artisan selection jury. I planned to work on re-branding during the winter and this jury has supplied me with a much needed deadline. More thoughts on branding and packaging tomorrow as I put things together.