Rain #2 for Its a Small World

Discovering you could duplicate slugs on our Intertype

This could be 3 separate entries or it could be 1 which includes all 3.

It would be nice to have the Helmet Krone story about having the idea before you have the question. Also pulling options off your "idea shelf."

This was the second in a series of “Rain Poems” produced for our Lead Graffiti contribution to It’s a Small World, each experimenting with some newly-discovered capability of our Intertype C4. 

This time it was discovered that you could seriously control the letterspacing if you were willing to go to far more trouble than it was worth. 

We think it is about time to start thinking about a book of them.

It is interesting how an idea can sometimes start to develop out of nowhere and without any notice. Our ongoing effort for It’s a Small World is a good example that includes two such idea paths. The first in issue #58 came from producing a visual poem with lines cast from our Intertype C4. The second is that it has become consistently about rain. As I write this, there is a slow drizzle that is supposed to last for three or four days here in Delaware. For Rain Poem #1 I had been focused on the ability for the Intertype to cast duplicate lines of text.  Rain Poem #2 was controlling with almost analog accuracy the spacing between four periods on each line using the Intertype which is contrary to the very reason you would use an Intertype. Now Rain Poem #3 utilizes the Intertype’s ability to cast, in this instance, 1 point rule along with the merger of those rules with 6 point periods to produce the rain visual. Figuring out a new visual way to essentially show the same thing had become as much fun as the actual work involved in printing the piece via letterpress. 

This leaf was conceived and printed slowly & patiently at Lead Graffiti for It’s a Small World by Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher & Tray Nichols. We hope it continues to fit into our creative mantra - Surprising. Original. Inevitable. The idea for this piece was pulled from one of our shelves and executed from the hip and without a sketch. March 2013.