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FREEDOM OF THE PRESSES
Field Notes' 48th Quarterly Limited Edition for the Fall of 2020 is the “United States of Letterpress,” which features the work of nine independent letterpress shops from across America. This series demonstrates a wide array of craftsmanship, ingenuity, and love for the age-old and tactile process of letterpress printing.
With the help of their friends at Finch Paper of Glens Falls, New York, and The French Paper Company of Niles, Michigan, Field Notes shipped each shop a different color cover stock (all from French's Pop-tone line) and specified the same two ink colors (Rubine Red and Process Blue) for all of them. The results are as varied and thoughtful as the participants involved.
Continuing a tradition embossed into the history of American letterpress printing, the layouts, themes and messages are highly personal statements about heritage, geography, tradition, and social issues, and they also demonstrate the diversity and strength of today’s letterpress community.
SERIES A 3-PACK: Includes one cover designed by Full-Circle Press of Nevada City, California. One of Two by Genghis Kern of Denver, Colorado. One of Two by Mama's Sauce of Orlando, Florida.
SERIES B 3-PACK: Includes one of two cover designs by Springtide Press of Tacoma of Washington, One of two by Brad Vetter of Louisville, Kentucky. One of two by Ben Blount of Evanston, Illinois.
SERIES C 3-PACK: Includes one of two cover dishes by Rick Griffith of Denver, Colorado. One of two by Erin Beckloff of Springboro, Ohio. One cover by Starship Press of Chicago, Illinois.
Field Notes United States of Letterpress