Friday, March 11, 2011

Letterpress is Coming to an iPad Near You!

I have just discovered Kickstarter, a funding platform for creative projects around the world, and have gotten lost in exploring what the future might hold as a result of their work!  Every month, thousands of people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

I am most excited  by LetterMpresswhich has FAR surpassed it goal to create a virtual letterpress environment—released first on the iPad—that will allow anyone to create authentic-looking letterpress designs and prints.  To say there has been a growing interest in letterpress among the general creative public, designs and printmakers alike would be an understatement (illustrated by the energy around this project!).  Unfortunately, letterpress is difficult to access – and classes are expensive.

LetterMpress’s goal is to give lovers of this art the ability to produce their own authentic letterpress designs and artwork, by placing and arranging type and cuts on a press bed, lock the type, ink it and print. They are collecting what is left of type collections from around the country, to provide authentic vintage wood types and art cuts. Through the application, you will be able to create  unlimited designs with multiple colors, and print directly in the application and save the image, to import into other applications.

I see an iPad in my future.

Contribute to LetterMpress's efforts at Kickstarter and watch for its release!

In honor of this delightful, creative method... an etsy round up of fun prints!

On Etsy (from left to right) 1. Happy deliveries 2. Hijirik 3. Nick Again 4. Dempsey Press 5. The Big Harumph 6. and 7. Dear Colleen

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