* images courtesy of Shyama Golden
We love a lot of things around here. I mean, we’re already 1-up on a lot of people just by working at a letterpress shop. So, instead of rubbing it in your face, we choose to share the love. Some of the things we love, are, but not limited to: bulldogs, that steam engine sound the S-model cylinder makes, the shop swamp cooler, saying ‘hello’, and Shyama Golden. Shyama (rhymes with llama), is pretty fly. When was the last time you heard ‘fly’? We also love In Living Color. So, being the radical person she be, whenever she requests us to print one of her amazing designs, we jump right in. We love Shyama today and this post is for her since we feel lucky to be able to print with such a great designer and we’re feeling extra lovey-dovey today.
Her ‘Candyvore’ poster design was printed on our Vandercook model-4 and we used a split-fountain technique to run the colors together in 1 pass instead of a 2-color run. It’s printed on Cranes Lettra 110# Ecru for that warm feeling. It’s as though printing with a split-fountain, in a way, mirrors the sentiment of the piece. It walks a fine line between wanting to cuddle with a wild cat who only eats piñata candy, and the sheer danger of lions and binge eating. Split-fountain inking can either ruin your day or make you extremely happy, and with this ‘Candyvore’ print it was definitely the latter.
We also threw in some other works that we’ve printed for Shyama in the gallery…enjoy!