clamshell (portfolio) :
Tour de Lead Graffiti 2011
daily poster journal of the Tour de France
Project: This was endurance letterpress.
Composed of 23 daily posters paralleling the 2011 Tour de France, plus title page, colophone and story details. In addition the complete sets where housed in a custom clamshell case covered in Lead Graffiti paste paper.
Each day from July 2 - July 24, 2011 we watched each stage of the Tour de France, looking for usable moments or incidents or comments, going to lunch (we had a number of guest printers joining in and we wanted them to contribute to the day's poster), talking about how to represent the stage using wood & metal type, and translating each day into a 14.75" x 22.5" poster printed slowly & patiently via letterpress.
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Size: 14.75" x 22.5", 26 posters total
Edition: 25 portfolios + 5 sets broken into individual pieces, 10 composite prints with every run overprinted, and approximately 400 postcards cut from makeready sheets
Production notes: Signature block printed from a photopolymer plate and all of the rest of the imagery printed from wood & metal type and bicycle parts on a Vandercook Universal III by Lead Graffiti, July 2011
Paper: posters / Somerset Textured White 300 gsm + clamshell with Lead
Color runs: 103