This book is the 4th in a series of autobiographical books, collectively titled, Moments Carved in Paper. The focus of #4 is the first within a set documenting some of our most memorable work.
Moments Carved in Paper #4: Endurance Letterpress is about our personal project, Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011 - 2015, and our surprising introduction to endurance letterpress.
The book highlights Tour de Lead Graffiti, our 5-year project, producing a poster for each racing stage and rest day of the Tour de France from 2011 through 2015, totaling 5 clamshell boxes, 115 stage and an additional 20 other broadsides.
Collaborators who got involved with the project from a wide variety of interactions and were invited to join us each morning and watch the Tour live on TV and then go to lunch to talk about what we saw and how it might be visually translated into the typographic broadside. Lunch always ended in a slice of pie, carrot cake or rice pudding for us.
Then we would go to our 2,200 square foot letterpress studio and for the rest of the day, typically averaging about 9 hours, and produce a 14.5" x 22.5" broadside translating the day's moments with handset wood & metal type & ink on paper.
We would print 45 copies of the day's poster, signed by all contributors with each contributor getting get 2 copies.
At the end of the 23 consecutive days, which for the Lead Graffiti staff averaged about 17 hours per day, the posters were collected into a purpose-made clamshell box for sale along with any extra copies.
This book is the first in a subset of the Moments Carved in Paper series highlighting our favorite creative work, describes the process of coming up with the idea and how the project evolved. The main text is printed via letterpress with inset high-resolution inkjet prints. An additional 5 spreads were printed via offset with stochastic imaging, each spread showing the clamshell photo and 8 images of posters from each year that we felt represented the variety that we loved in the posters.
Many of the posters are still for sale individually ($35 each), along with full sets of the clamshell boxes ($650 - $750).