MARLA JONES
Renaissance Designer
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Custom Letterpress Blocks

Using CNC routing and a letterpress this project was about fusing old processes with new technology to push the limits of printing. 

A group of students and I tested a simple ampersand, a custom "THE" block and a detailed "Happy Birthday" block to see what capabilities the router could give us. The goal was to break out beyond the predetermined letters we already had in our shelves. Why not make one block with multiple words? Why not make something even a bit illustrative?

This testing process allowed us new capabilities in what we could print while we retained the warm feeling of embossed letterpressed paper.

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