An upcoming book on letterpress shops across the U.S. outlining 2 years of travels by Chris Fritton, The Itinerant Printer, describes Lead Graffiti like this :
"In a faceless corrugated steel warehouse in an industrial park just outside Newark, DE lies one of the most experimental letterpress shops in America, and doubtless, the world: Lead Graffiti. LG is the incorrigible, unpredictable, and uncompromising brainchild of Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher — a shop where the only rule is there are no design rules, and the thing you learn every day is that there’s always more to learn."
We couldn't have said that better ourselves.
When printing for you as the client, we typically use digitally-designed photopolymer plates to provide more typographic and image control for your project. We like big projects. Not necessarily in scale, but in impact. It might be 39 colors used to print a calendar or it might be a Nobel Prize for 8th-grade students.
Our work is often created with handset, antique wood and metal type. We like inventing projects that have a twist that keeps them from being like anything else we've ever seen.
if you're after something more historically accurate, OR perhaps something contemporary with that letterpress je ne sais quoi, you'll find both options available at Lead Graffiti.
Honestly, sometimes they don't quite work out. But every experiment and failure can be put on our shelf of ideas to be pulled down, massaged and spread across another sheet of paper at another time. We want to get to a place where we can say, "We're glad we went there."
Sometimes it is the piece.
Sometimes it is the story.
Chris Fritton got it just right
PROJECTS WITH A SENSE OF PERMANENCE, where the piece is a keepsake, and where possession of it makes others feel connected to you, are ideal for letterpress, whatever your style or quantity, from one of a kind to a thousand or more copies.
WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING for that next great portfolio-quality project, so if you have something off-beat or out of the ordinary in mind, we might be interested. Here are a few projects (in no particular order) that we would like to get a crack at:
Contact us if you think you've got a contender that will at least get us closer to those goals.