Flemish Coil // James Lewis Tucker

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Flemish Coil // James Lewis Tucker

75.00

To explore and push the boundaries of letterpress is one of the many things James loves about his craft of. He is fascinated by the endless capabilities and technical aspects of the the machine.

 

“Even though popular wood type and wedding invitation prints are great at introducing new people to the craft, if we keep replicating the same thing for years, letterpress will die a second death. The only way to preservation is exploration. With these prints I hope to explore the pressure created by pushing the form into the paper, but not with type, or a printing plate replicating a image, but with the actual material itself.”

 

Vintage fishing line, which can be seen hanging around the shop, was found in the hold of James’ 1920’s fishing boat and repurposed as the printing plate. When pressed, the three-strand line creates a unique texture embedded into the cotton paper. Each pattern replicates a traditional sailing furl which were used on ships so lines do not tangle when traveling.

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12x18 

letterpress printed on 140# archival cotton paper

edition of 25