As well as having a really creative and productive couple of weeks, I've also had a really lucky one. As I had been advertising my prints on the Newport for sale page I was randomly contacted by a lovely elderly man called Brian, offering me two Adana 8x5 printing presses and loads of type for free. On Ebay the Adana 8x5s are going for up to £600 and the type for about £30 per set, so it's a ridiculously amazing find. Me and Josh turned up a few days later hoping to take it home in a taxi, and my god we were wrong. Even one pretty small box of metal type weighs a ton, and one of the machines was bolted to a table (here's an image on instagram). Luckily Josh's sister was moving out the next day and had hired a van so we were able to collect it (I may have cried myself to sleep if I had to let it go). In the week I also visited the free bookshop in Newport and picked up these books, the Happy Camper one is a book I probably would've bought new as it's really interesting and nicely designed. The free bookshop is an organization set up by 'Healthy planet' as a way of recycling books that would've otherwise gone to landfill sites.
|Some type already set up, for an old business card the man had created. It looks extremely complicated and I'm just amazed that people did this on a daily basis, BACKWARDS!|
|The one printing press, which is missing rollers, the other one is in my sisters garage. The circular plate is where the ink goes (so I've read)|
|I love Dymo machines and this was another little touch i loved on the type drawers! I must invest in a Dymo machine soon.|
|A 32 pt Star (i think) it weighs a ton!|
|I also had loooooads of free card, business card sizes.|
|The three books I picked up from the free book store in Newport. Happy Campers, 35mm and a book on the human body which I was hoping would have some scientific illustrations in. It's a pretty weird read though!|
|The Happy campers book is lovely and it reminds me of a Lomokev book, probably because there's lots of lomography in it.|
|I loved this owl illustration in it.|
And this page on butterflies, there was also a page on constellations. It's just full of loads of really cool things.
Thanks for reading.