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"People who love ideas must have a love of words, and that means, given a chance, they take a vivid interest in the clothes which words wear."

—Beatrice Warde

This hand-pulled letterpress print is printed from both hand-set metal type and hand-drawn original typography and illustrations (in fact, everything was done by hand, the hard way!). This piece is a collaboration between Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press.

This is an "unofficial" member of the Dead Feminists broadsides series, a small letterpress keepsake done in the style and spirit of the series, designed as a keepsake for the Fall 2012 issue of the semiannual fine press magazine "Parenthesis." We have a few left in the edition, and decided to offer them to the public.

The illustration is a play on the "anatomy" of letterforms. Each letter of the alphabet has parts that correspond to human body parts: like the "eye" of a lowercase E, the "arm" of a V, the "ear" of a lowercase G—even the "crotch" of an X or a K. So rather than let our typography go naked, we gave it a fancy wardrobe. The piece is printed in ice blue, navy and deep brown on buttery cream-colored paper.

This print is a perfect gift for the letterpress printer or graphic designer in your life, or anyone who loves words and the beauty of letters.

The piece was printed by hand (this is not a reproduction!) on an antique Vandercook Universal One press, on archival paper. Unlike the rest of the Feminist Broadsides, this piece is unnumbered and unsigned, but still created in a limited edition.

Paper size: 7 x 9 inches

Beatrice Warde (1900 – 1969) was an American typographer, writer and historian. She spent her early career working as assistant librarian for the American Type Founders Company, researching the history of printing and typefaces. She is most well known for her famous broadside "This is a Printing Office" and for her essay on typography, "The Crystal Goblet." In "The Crystal Goblet," Warde calls for simplicity and clarity in printing, in order to display the written word without obstruction. In later years, Warde spent her time speaking at printing schools, encouraging young printers to treat design as a form of fine craftsmanship.

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Illustrated by Chandler O'Leary and printed by Jessica Spring, with each letter dressed in its Sunday best. Somewhere around 200 copies (we didn't count) were printed by hand at Springtide Press in Tacoma. Summer 2012.

Learn more about each artist:

Chandler:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/AnagramPress
http://www.chandleroleary.com

Jessica:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/SpringtidePress
http://www.springtidepress.com


Thank you!

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This original artwork is copyright Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring 2012. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this print. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.

WA state residents are subject to sales tax.

The print is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer, via USPS first class mail.

BUTTONED UP original Dead Feminists letterpress mini print featuring quote by Beatrice Warde


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