KK Poetry Broadsides, Part 1

Posted by ashley mcneill on

The (currently Austin-based) poet Kaci Kai hired us to print two poems from her upcoming book, It Happens to Strong People, Too. She and I decided to do a limited edition run, with all handset type, one hundred of each.

Letterpress printed poem broadside print in black in using handset type, by inviting in Austin Texas; poem by Kaci Kai.

Working with our collection of moveable type is something I want more experience with in 2018 so I was thrilled to get this job! Due to scheduling and deadlines, we did the shorter of the two, "Endeavor," first.

Letterpress printed poem broadside print in no ink in using handset type, by inviting in Austin Texas; poem by Kaci Kai.

Part of the "fun" of being the second, third, fourth, or tenth owner of equipment is that not everything is labeled properly. After we selected the font from a list I thought would be suitable, I find out that not only was it mislabeled, but that there were three different fonts in the same type drawer, not just two sizes of one style! (Adding that drawer to my Reorganize project list...)

Since I'm more focused on typesetting this year, it did take a few adjustments to get the type looking so. Trent, the more experienced typographer, helped suggest where to add spacing between the letters, and I took most of his advice.

Project Details
Paper: 110# fluorescent white Lettra
Ink: deep black (plus a run of 15 with no ink)
Font: Cheltenham Headline, 18pt and 24pt
Where to Buy: Aspen and Sonder

Letterpress printed poem broadside print in black in using handset type, by inviting in Austin Texas; poem by Kaci Kai.

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