This designer's edition book will showcase the Vista Sans Wood Type Project, initiated in 2012 by Tricia Treacy and Ashley John Pigford. For the VSWTP, we created letterpress wood type from the typeface Vista Sans™, (designed by Xavier Dupré for Emigre) with a self-built CNC router. We then sent 5 wood type letters, (spelling "touch") with paper, (donated by Legion Paper of New York) to twenty international artists to see what they would do with it. What we got back was AMAZING, and we want to share this with the world.
Megan Adie, Copenhagen
Katie Baldwin, NY
Baltimore Print Studios (Kyle Van Horn & Kim Bentley), Baltimore, MD
Inge Bruggman, Portland, OR
Macy Chadwick, Oakland, CA
Angela Driscoll & Yuka Petz, New Orleans, LA
Firecracker Press, St. Louis, MI
Rose Gridneff & Alex Cooper, London
Rick Griffith, Denver, CO
Bethany Heck, SC
Dafi Kühne, Switzerland
Peter Kruty & Sayre Gaydos, Brooklyn, NY
Josephine McCormick, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Robin McDowell, NH
April Sheridan & Daniel Mellis, Chicago, IL
Nick Sherman, Brooklyn, NY
David Shields, Richmond, VA
Studio on Fire (Ben Levitz + Sam Michaels), Minneapolis, MN
Tricia Treacy & Ashley John Pigford, Philadelphia, PA
David Wolske, Salt Lake City, UT
Karen Zimmermann, Tuscon, AZ
The Vista Sans Wood Type Project localizes postdigital practice as a
specific project involving contemporary graphic design, typography,
letterpress printmaking and international collaboration.
The work has been exhibited at:
—AIGA Philly Space Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
—The Belfast Print Workshop in Northern Ireland
—Press Street Antenna Gallery in New Orleans
—St Bride Library in London
—Yale University Special Collections Library
—The Type Directors Club in New York City (currently on view)
The project has been presented at:
—CBAA 2012, Oakland, CA
—TypeCon 2012, Miwaulkee, Wisconsin
—Atypi 2012, Hong Kong, China
It was included in the recent book: Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional and Hybrid Techniques by Paul Catanese and Angela Geary, 2012.
Most contemporary artists and designers are embracing a hybrid, cross-disciplinary approach to practice. This book will describe, in their own words, the ideas, process and methodology of each participant involved in the project (in addition to a high quality reproduction of their final print.) These processes vary widely and represent a fresh and innovative approach to letterpress printing in the wake of the digital revolution.
Risks and challenges
`We have an ambitious plan to design, produce, distribute and release this self-published book in May, 2013. The obstacles that may arise are based on other people involved. For example: if a commissioned writer is late in delivering their essay, or if a participant is unavailable for an interview for an extended period of time.
This said, we have a lot of experience in managing and completing projects of this scope and we feel confident that we can make it happen in the time frame we are proposing.
We have already committed 18 months of time (and money,) making the VSWTP successful, and we feel it is important that this project culminate in a book that will enable the work and innovative printmaking processes of the artists to reach many more hands than those that have attended exhibitions. We are aware that this project will take a considerable amount of our personal time and we are sincerely dedicated to its success.
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