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TdLG / 2011 : Stage 3
"Play a little"

This was a well deserved rest day for the Tour cyclists.

We figured all of the riders would likely go out and do 60 miles to keep loose. We don't know what they do on a rest day and should see if we can find out. So, with our interest in "endurance letterpress" we wanted to do this 23-day project without a break to see exactly how it felt. Whatever you think this would feel like, Ray says, "It doesn't feel like that." It has been far easier than he thought it would (at least after 10 days). At the end of the day there is an urge to sit and watch TV and sore legs and feet (he is usually barefooted in the studio) are maybe a bit more so in the mornings.

Our first act each morning is to put up the previous day's poster on the wall. Currently they are all in a straight line that is about 12' long. And each day the mass of work seems strangely disconnected with the event itself. Honestly it seems like 3 or 4 days of printing and not 10. It will be interesting to see how it feels that last week and also the day after this is all done.

There was no live TV today. Just a replay from the previous week so we decided to forego the TV part and spend the extra time finalizing our online store and hopefully sell a few of the portfolios or posters to lovers of letterpress and cycling.

When we started considering today's poster, none of us could not shake the memory of both of the crashes the previous day. We used our Clarendon type wrapped with gauze which worked surprisingly well with thoughts of Hoogerland landing on that barbed wire fence. The major obsticle was maintaining the right amount of ink that was handrolled onto the type. It could fill up pretty easily. We handrolled both colors at the same time for each print.

We've been wanting to do some printing of bike parts and we met with local bike store, Bikeline, warning them that we might be running in for parts. So far parts have not played into any of the incidents so we took the opportunity to use a bike chain to approximate the outline of France. There was a lot of discussion at breakfast from Diane about the "pain barrier" so that was incorporated into the connection between the chain, main type and the dot for the "I" for Paris.

On the surface this seemed like it would be a fairly easy print to make, but the printing took us more than 8 hours. You don't just throw a bike chain on the press in the shape of France and run off a few copies. We also ended up buying almost $50 worth of gauze and bandages to try out how they worked. In the end we used cheese cloth that is often used for straining liquids from the local supermarket.

Joining with us for the day were was Diane Zatz, professor at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She brings many of her typography students and members of their AIGA group down for workshops each quarter.

As it was a rest day the General Classification remains the same.