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We wish something. Maybe you too?

THERE ARE THINGS WE NEED TO GET DONE or would just like to get done or would just like company in the studio while we are doing it. Some of it is creative dreams, some janitorial. Most all of it is an invitation to get involved. We love mixing different opinions into our recipes.

The general idea is that you trade us 2 hours of solid work and we will trade you 1 solid hour of press time. Free. Or maybe a workshop. What is it that you want?

We want...

List 1 : scholarly things we would like to accomplish

Some of this might make a good subject for someone applying for a Dinker Fellowshop for the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association.

  • Investigating the Dove’s Press word spacing strategy in the production of the Doves Bible. We have 6 pages from the Bible and have a strategy for how to figure this out mathematically and would love some help bringing this to the top of our to-do list. You can see more about this on this Lead Graffiti blog post.

  • We are in possession of a complete page of the 36-line Gutenberg Bomberg Bible that is composed of moveable metal type. In addition we have 2 packed job cases of additional letters. We need to print a proof and somehow figure out what we have in those two job cases and how it relates to all of the possible “sorts” Gutenberg had access to.

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List 2 : studio things that would be nice if they were done

A lot of this has to do with the bookkeeping our studio stuff that would be nice to have up-to-date.

  • We need a specimen sheet (broadside) of our 36 point type. We do a short workshop (Quotable Broadside) for groups that would just like the minimum time investment but would love to do something that doesn't involve the computer. It is a workshop we call "quotable broadside." Everyone brings a quote, and we put together a broadside setting all of the quotes using our 36 point metal type. We'd like to print a poster showing all of those typefaces. We'll set a dozen or so characters of each font. If possible, we'd like to make it kind of cool. It has to show a good hint as to what it is that we are looking for in the workshop piece and all of the type has to be put back up.

  • Replace the frisket/typmans on both of our Iron hand presses

  • We need an Intertype technician to have as a friend of Lead Graffiti that is an old school, knowledgeable person to help us understand, use and maintain our Intertype better. Are you an old time newspaper person that loves that Linotype / Intertype smell? If so, you need to introduce yourself.

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Wish list 2 : creative things

  • Do you work for a magazine or have a good friend that does? We love hand rolling type to achieve a painterly and energetic visual quality. We would be cool to do this kind of typography for magazines. We could supply the magazine with something like 20 examples of their headline that they could scan and then print in the standard offset litho way. We could start trying with Delaware Today or Out & About. Maybe being local would help. A couple of major magazines, in particular, that would be cool would be Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, The Economist, GQ, Smithsonian, and Texas Monthly. Those are just 5 that come up fairly often in our dreams.

  • A gala event for a major museum or an important social cause, especially if we get some say in the design and believe in the cause.

  • Something for Sagmeister & Welsh or Pentagram or Widen + Kennedy that is cool. We need a portfolio to send out with good examples that show the magazine context. Maybe we could help put that letterpress thing into something a little less cool and make it a lot more cool. Maybe it just doesn't matter, but just to do it for them (we've done 2 other projects for Sagmeister in the past). Maybe we should jump to Pentagram or someone else.

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Wish list 3 : Afternoon Diversions or "shorternships"

These aren't "for trade" things. Doing them is the trade.

  • You might need to be a card-carrying Democrat to do this one, but we have an interesting idea to do a "Blue Wave" broadside based on this photograph of Intertype matrices. Build a graphic wave using type from our Intertype. Need to post the photo.

  • Print typographic broadsides without words. Jill wants to do a series of broadsides quoting well-known lines from rock 'n roll songs that don't use words. "A haw haw haw haw" that we did from ZZ Top's La Grange is a good example.

  • Why can't you repeat lines in poetry as fluidly as they do in song lyrics? Why don't more poems have a chorus in them that repeats like in a song? Bob Dylan winning the Nobel Prize for Literature got Ray to thinking about how lyrics and poetry are both different and alike.

    He wants to play with that idea using the 10 repeating lines from "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers and to produce a sense of the audio (but in a visual way) changes that happen through the words to try to make it work as a poem. We aren't sure it can be done, but we think it would be fun to try.

From "All These Things That I've Done" by the Killers.

I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.
I got soul, but I'm not a soldier.

  • Inflict visualness / something to always try to inflict

  • Unintended consequences / benefit of printing via letterpress

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