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Newsletter 09 / 2012

An injection of pure creativity, recovering traditional typographic printing techniques on a Heidelberg.

SaveAsPrint can be defined as an independent platform to save the traditional art of printing. Directed by Hernán Ordoñez, Fernando Rapa Carballo and Bernard Coronas it proposes a typographic design and production experience where skill, creativity and enthusiasm will be your constant companions.

The first edition of this exciting typographic workshop was held last July and was so successful that we have organised a second edition for the 14th and 15th of September. Places are limited and will be reserved for the first 20 applicants. Further information and registration at ho@hernan.tv

Here at Otzarreta we are proud and grateful to have the opportunity of helping to organise the event, providing our premises and also the wonderful Heidelberg letterpress.

01. Let's begin with some history...

PRINTING AND TYPOGRAPHY HAND IN HAND.

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.

02. Typography...

A WIDE VARIETY OF WOOD AND LEAD SORTS

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!

03. What will the proof look like...

COMPOSING THE FORMES...

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.

04. Ready for printing......

PLACING THE FORME

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.

05. Pisch puff, Pisch puff...

A PROFOUND GASP OF DELIGHT... OOOOOHHH!

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...