Why this project?
I have been passionate about letterpress for several years, following a chance encounter with a tray of type purchased for £20 from a car boot sale. I have also spent time working with a letterpress printer to improve my skills. This experience confirmed my enthusiasm for letterpress. If I am able to raise funds to print my own typeface I will achieve my aim of working in the tradition, but also reinvigorating it. The opportunity to work creatively with letterpress - to subvert it - is what excites me most about the medium.
What is a chapbook?
Have you ever seen a chapbook, or cheap-book as they were sometimes called? Chapbooks were affordable books sold to the masses for as little as a penny in 17th and 18th century Britain. Their content often included myths, ballads, folk tales, and were made with woodcut blocks and letterpress. I am currently making one of these books following processes as close to the original methods as possible.
The Fall of Manifestatia
For the content I have written my own story, to be printed in a typeface of my own design, and with woodcut illustration.My chapbook is called The Fall of Manifestatia and explores the idea of Utopia in a magical realist style. It follows the standard 24 page format traditionally used for chapbooks, with each page being 6 inches by 4.
Why do I need funding?
This chapbook is an essential element of my MA in printmaking. As the typeface is my own design, I cannot typeset the text as I would with an existing typeface, and require funding to convert my text to photopolymer plates suitable for printing on a Vandercook printing press. This is where the expense of the project comes in.
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