Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Lovely Long Legs Like Languid Lights

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our TENTH round! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "L"


Letterpress. Although I have never operated one, I have been enamored with them for quite some time. If you saw the movie that Will Smith was in (one of my favorite movies), "Seven Pounds", in it, he fixes a letterpress of the woman that he was in love with.

Here's Wikipedia's description of a letterpress:

 "Letterpress printing is relief printing of text and image using a press with a "type-high bed" printing press and movable type, in which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. It was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. "

I am struck by the young woman who was featured in this video-struck by how young she was and how passionate she was about what she did. It seems that for those occasions that are special (weddings, milestone anniversaries, special affairs), we forget to elevate the event with an invitation that stands out from the crowd. If you have someone in your town that creates invitations on a letterpress, consider using them. When you compare the product next to offset or ink jet printing, you will see the difference. Or, hire her services at the Brown Parcel Press.


I love all aspects of printmaking. Today, I'm bringing two aspects of printmaking to you. In addition to talking about letter presses, there is also the lithographic print. Here in New Mexico at the University of New Mexico, we have the highly acclaimed Tamarind Institute where lithography is alive and well. Many students come here from around the world to be an apprentice and many famous artists come to have their work immortalized via this process.

From Wikipedia (so grateful to them):

"Lithography (from Greek λίθος - lithos, 'stone' + γράφειν - graphein, 'to write') is a method for printing using a stone (lithographic limestone) or a metal plate with a completely smooth surface. Invented in 1796 by Bavarian author Alois Senefelder as a cheap method of publishing theatrical works,[1][2] lithography can be used to print text or artwork onto paper or other suitable material.[3]"


Either way you look at them-they are lovely long legs!! 


Bet you never heard lights described before as languid! There's always a first time...


Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures for the L Day, Paula! You always find the fun and interesting ones! Hope your week is going well!


Scriptor Senex said...

I'm a leg man so I liked that one but even better was the letterpress one - I had a friend who was a printer and used letterpress until the 1990s.

My link is here.

Thanks for the note about the wrod verification - I hate reading it but at least you have a good reason for using it!

Carver said...

Interesting post and all good L words and shots. Carver, ABC Wednesday Team

Andy David said...

Fascinating videos. I had no idea so much work was involved in these processes. The young girl in the fist video is so passionate about her job...she's an asset to the company. Love the legs too, although after looking at them for a while, my eyes started to go funny. Wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Like A Lotus...

Roger Owen Green said...

I have no talents in this area, but admire those who do!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Meryl said...

Great post and I fear I have the same reaction as Roger - no talent but lots of admiration.

Cassie said...

Good letter "L"!

I posted more about the pulled squash sandwich on my blog. Thought you might be interested!

EG CameraGirl said...

I loved watching both videos about printing, especially the one about the Letter press. Thanks, Paula.

Hildred and Charles said...

Wonderful videos, and Charles admires the legs!

Reader Wil said...

Very interesting to see how printing can become a real art form! The young woman is really very much dedicated to her work.
Thanks for showing.
Wil, ABC Wednesday Team.

chubskulit said...

I love your Ls this week Paula. Those videos are very interesting.

Littlest Petshop
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team


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