Elly Rowbotham Printmaker
About Elly Rowbotham Printmaker
Original LinoCut HandPrinted cards, hand-folded using mold made paper, hand torn to size according to convention (ensuring the deckle edge is incorporated as much as possible). Cards are blank inside for a hand written message.¶ I keep the tradition of typesetting & letterpress alive by using metal moveable type for all written text. On the back of my cards, my signs, text for wedding invites & other commissions.¶ My methods & tools are traditional (only hand tools used), I hand build & cut my image blocks. My presses, type & tools are linked directly to the old print industry - I was lucky to acquire them when they were being discarded by commercial printers in favour of 'new fangled' desktop publishing in the 1980s.
Relief block building to type high & cutting (images), Typesetting & printing with movable metal type (text). Hand inking & press inking. Paper tearing. I’ve studied typography & layout grids, with particular interest in the grids behind early illuminated manuscripts. I used to teach digital layout on accredited courses, using my knowledge of typesetting, letterpress & layout to provide a tangible insight into the principles & the language of digital typography & layout software, which is replete with the print industry terminology from which it grew. Graphic Design BA (Hons), PGCE
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Letterpress ‘Token of Love’ – Hand Printed Card
This Heart is hand-inked & printed, in a deep rich vermillion ink, using a rare beautiful piece of ornamental type.
I’ve hand typeset the text on the back in 18pt Palace Script using old metal moveable type.
Hand inked & printed using my old Albion Press.