Platen Press Workshop 2

Continue from the Platen Press Workshop day 1 post… Here is my day 2!

We learned how to operate a floor-model, which I’d been so wanting to learn. It can be dangerous so I was a bit nervous, but you know, I got the hang of it real soon and I printed without losing any of my fingers :) It was so fun, too, I loved it!

For the second day project, I decided to hand typeset a gift tag by using ornaments — as soon as I saw these manicules (the fingers), I was inspired.

It took me for a while to do this! Such a tedious work. More respect for the real printers who always do this.

Adding spaces…

Lock it up on the chase…

and put the chase back into the press.

The Center has 2 floor model platen presses and I used this guy:

Adjusting, adjusting…

and print away!

I printed vertical ones and then, re-set the types and printed horizontal ones, too. These will be used for my clients and customers, I think! :)

It was a great workshop, thank you so much, Center for Book Arts!!

Hello, Busyness

Hello there, busyness. You come visit me often, but this weekend + this morning + this week, you are not kidding me around…

So please hang tight, Heartfish readers, I’ll have some fun report from my letterpress workshop I attended this weekend soon :) I hope you all had a nice fun Halloween weekend!! I had a “busyness” visit so I couldn’t do anything Halloween related this year… boo. Oh well… next year!

xo Hijiri

Red Wine Letterpress Print

I love this Red Wine Letterpress Print by Lot 9 Press. A mixture of wood types and metal types is so great and this will make a great art by the wine bar area or in a wine room/cellar (oh, how I wish I had one), don’t you think?


Love each typeface, too. Texture of the letterpress is just priceless.



Available here.