Newsletter 09 / 2012
Hernán and Fernando presented the SaveAsPrint project and briefly reviewed the history of printing and typography. This was a fascinating excursion into the past which immersed us all in engrossing bygone eras.
General P. Ron's great private collection was placed at the disposal of the participants. Wood and lead sorts of various sizes and families were used: an authentic pleasure for the eye!
The participants were divided into groups of 2 or 3 to create typographic compositions, or formes. Take that out, careful with the height, put that one in... were the most frequent comments heard.
This is master printer Bernard's moment and he mounts the forme on the press, prepares the paper and inks the roller. The suspense is becoming unbearable.
The irregular textures of ink on paper are absolutely thrilling. We were enthralled watching how the pick-up inserted the paper, the roller inked the forme and this was pressed against the paper. A rudimentary process compared to modern techniques but really beautiful and worth seeing, especially if we consider the countless people involved in its development over the centuries and that the printing process is what it is today...