Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Song of the Open Road - A Letterpress Print

It was the wife and I's first wedding anniversary last month so, as a hobbyist print-maker, I felt it my duty to produce a letterpress print.

What to print was a fairly easy decision as 'Song of the Open Road' by Walt Whitman was our wedding reading during the ceremony.

We'd asked Amy's brother to do the reading and were happy for him to take a look at some options. One of the ones he came back with was 'Song of the Open Road' and we loved it immediately. Heart-felt without being too soppy; the reading was perfect. It's also made a perfect first wedding anniversary gift.

This was the first time I used a plate to produce a print. This meant sending off my digital design to produce a relief plate which you can think ink up and print. In letterpress terms it's cheating a bit but I simply didn't have the time to set anything other than the first word individually.

I do have a limited number of the prints so if anyone else goes for 'heartfelt but not too soppy' letterpress prints, let me know and I'll get them up in the shop. I'll also be putting some more images up on my site in the next few days.

Letterpress Print - Song of the Open Road - Walt Whitman

Letterpress Print - Song of the Open Road - Walt Whitman Letterpress Print - Song of the Open Road - Walt Whitman Letterpress Print - Song of the Open Road - Walt Whitman Letterpress Print - Song of the Open Road - Walt Whitman

I do not offer the old smooth prizes,
But offer rough new prizes,
These are the days that must happen to you:
You shall not heap up what is called riches,
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve.
However sweet the laid-up stores,
However convenient the dwellings,
You shall not remain there.
However sheltered the port,
And however calm the waters,
You shall not anchor there.
However welcome the hospitality that welcomes you
You are permitted to receive it but a little while
Afoot and lighthearted, take to the open road,
Healthy, free, the world before you,
The long brown path before you,
leading wherever you choose.
Say only to one another:
Camerado, I give you my hand!
I give you my love, more precious than money,
I give you myself before preaching or law:
Will you give me yourself?
Will you come travel with me?
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?

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