itinerantprinter

Letterpress Prints & Handmade Books

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itinerantprinter

Letterpress Prints & Handmade Books

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Announcement    **NOTICE: Shipping is limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Items will be shipped USPS Priority mail from home. I will notify you of delays. It will resume to normal when restrictions are lifted in New York state.** **A percentage of all Etsy sales will go directly to other artists, printers, musicians, and cultural producers in need via Venmo.** Let me know if you have any questions. Welcome to The Itinerant Printer shop! I've been traveling around North America visiting different letterpress shops creating postcard & poster-sized prints at each — this is just a small sample of the work that I've done. If you're interested in learning more about the project visit www.itinerantprinter.com
If you're really interested, check out the recently completed coffee table book below, or here: http://itinerantprinter.com/product/itinerant-printer-coffee-table-book/

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Last updated on Apr 19, 2020

**NOTICE: Shipping is limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Items will be shipped USPS Priority mail from home. I will notify you of delays. It will resume to normal when restrictions are lifted in New York state.** **A percentage of all Etsy sales will go directly to other artists, printers, musicians, and cultural producers in need via Venmo.** Let me know if you have any questions. Welcome to The Itinerant Printer shop! I've been traveling around North America visiting different letterpress shops creating postcard & poster-sized prints at each — this is just a small sample of the work that I've done. If you're interested in learning more about the project visit www.itinerantprinter.com
If you're really interested, check out the recently completed coffee table book below, or here: http://itinerantprinter.com/product/itinerant-printer-coffee-table-book/

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About itinerantprinter

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Here. There. Everywhere. But always printing.

The history of tramp printers is a long and storied one, and Chris Fritton, former Studio Director of the WNY Book Arts Center, plans to add to that chronicle. In early 2015, Fritton set out on an ambitious cross-country journey that will take him to all 48 contiguous states; he’s calling the project “The Itinerant Printer.”

Fritton left his position as Studio Director of the WNY Book Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, to embark on the trip; he worked there for almost 6 years. “It’s time for me to be a journeyman printer. I never had the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of printers, and it’s important to have that experience - but it’s just as important to share what I’ve learned with others and create a nationwide collaboration of sorts.”

The Itinerant Printer is visiting letterpress printshops across America, producing unique prints at each venue culled from their idiosyncratic collections of antique wood type, metal type, cuts, ornaments, and photopolymer plates. These prints are being mailed back to followers and supporters of the project as postcards (and care packages) from the road. He plans to visit Universities, book arts centers, private printshops, upstart presses, and well-established presses. “This is the perfect time” says Fritton, “public interest in analog art is cresting right now and letterpress shops are everywhere.”

The project intends to capture the spirit of the analog revival, send real samples of it to people’s mailboxes, and convey the ethos of the handmade revival to a broader audience via social media. But it’s not just another travel blog - as a culmination, it will result in a coffee table book that features photos all of the prints, printshops, and people from the trek.

Fritton says “it’s also about reviving a sense of adventure in printing, along with the analog sharing of information. It’s about going out into the world, seeking work based on your skill set, making something with your hands, and delivering that object to someone. It’s about an exchange of ideas, of techniques, of information, of style, and of the consummation of all those things: prints.”

The trip is no vacation, however - Fritton estimates that he will cover over 30,000 miles and make over 30,000 prints during the excursion - it poses any number of challenges, from travel logistics to working in unfamiliar spaces. “Creativity within constraint is at the core of this project,” he says, “when I walk into each printshop, I don’t really know what I’m getting myself into, what I have to work with, and what the people will be like.” He has close to 100 shops on the itinerary, and more contact him each day; the trip continues throughout 2016.

The Itinerant Printer website will track his progress, it features a travel diary, photos of the printshops, landscapes, and people along the way: www.itinerantprinter.com

Contact/Press Info:
The Itinerant Printer c/o Chris Fritton
61 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
716-392-7305
theitinerantprinter [!at] gmail.com/www.itinerantprinter.com

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  • Chris Fritton

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    Chris Fritton is The Itinerant Printer. Since early 2015, he's been traveling the US & Canada visiting different letterpress shops and creating unique prints using only wood type, metal type, and other materials from their idiosyncratic collections.

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