Touch: Book Release at TYPO Berlin

We are thrilled to officially release our labour of love, Touch: The Vista Sans Wood Type Project Book at TYPO Berlin, 17 May 2013. But if you can’t make it, no worries, you can get your copy through big cartel.

Each book is lovingly sewn by hand at Pointed Press and includes a letterpress cover and offset wrap around belly band.

The book’s 132 pages include an essay, process photos and high quality reproductions of each of the twenty one artist/studios’s contribution to the project, in addition to an illustrated preface describing the project in detail and essays by Steven Heller, John D. Berry, Catherine Dixon and Amze Emmons. Edited by Carrie Wicks.

This is a very limited edition release (considering we hand-bind each copy), so when they’re gone … well you get the idea.

we made it happen — kickstarter reached its goal!

thank you to backers/supporters/collaborators. we could not have done all this without you!

special thanks to our sponsors
Mary Austin, Bob Fleck of Oak Knoll Books, Mark Samuels Lasner, Legion Paper of New York, University of Delaware Center for Material Cultures, 
College Book Arts Association, Pete Bowers, Stephanie Ryan, Anthony Horne.

special thanks to our patrons
Ed Marquand, Robert H Pigford, Kara Klein, Alexis Carpenter, Andrew Czudak, Danielle Pacheco, Katie Baldwin, Josh Houchin, Camille Robles, Carrie Wicks, Ben Kiel, Ellen Ziegler, Robert Bryant, Nina Ardery, Dee Echevarria, Amber Karnes, JoAnne Schlavone, Howard Chattley, Beck Whitehead, Ralph Begleiter, David Wolske, Zetetics, Lisa Hasagawa, Angela Driscoll, Yuka Petz, Donna Globus, Christine Fajardo, Erik Brunvand, Geoff DiMasi, Kevin Kernan, Aaron Cohick, Sarah Nicholls, Monica Lilta LeMaster, Ellen Madden, Emily Martin, Daniel Morris, BJeung, Josh Dannin, Todd Anderson, Jim Coudal, Union Press, Derek Schusterbauer, Robert Straight, MLenert, Kirk C Adie, Jeremy Holmes, Cindi Ettinger, Stephen Stalker, Xose Marcelino V Cagao, Harry Reese, Debra Ward, Caspar Lam, Traci Larson, Karen Crum, Martin Venezky, Brittany Skwierczynski, Katie A Smith, Lara Assouad Khoury, Laurence Bach, Troy Patterson, Nif Hodgson, Jessica Greenfield, Susan Cook Allardyce, Marc Sill, Scott Stowell, Gerry Leonidas, Rebecca Ann Rakstad, Andrea Sendervik, Jonathan Goldberg, Lisa Onstad, Elaine Nishizu, Kent Henderson, Rebecca Chamlee, Carolyn Dew, Lillian Wood, 23rd & 5th, Robin McDowell, Lindsay Schmittle, Rogier Barendregt, Jon Cox, Lisa Dunseth, Rachel Marsh, David Hisaya Asari and Luz Marina Ruiz, Gail Tarkan Shube, John Risseeuw, Heng Wee Tan, Law Alsobrook, Giampaolo Luparia, Catherine Dixon Lori Spencer, Alexandra Nicolescu, Karen, Hannah Lokken, Halil Gokdal, Peggy Seeger Dena Robertson, Suzanne Vilmain, Michael Hersrud, Bruno Pommey, Lauren Emeritz, Keith C. Humphrey, Diane Gibbs, Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Carrie Ann Plank, Jenny Wilkson, Laurent, Sara Langworthy, Rick Griffith, Kevein McGrath, Nancy Skolos, Velma Bolyard, Mike Perry, Genghis Kern, Christine Faulkner, Kat Hsueh, Bridget Meeds, Bernadette Treacy, Mikey Burton, Nick Prestileo, Bill Deering, Thuan Nguyen, Aldie Loubier, John DeMerritt, Adrienne Hooker, Geoff Cooper, Suzanne Powner, Christine Nelson, Elizabeth Carroll-Horrocks, Rob Perdue, Kay Coldiron, Amy Billingham, Sheryl Trainor, Jared Madden, Bridget Burke, Nancy Marie Pigford, Dianne Anderson, Lisa Walker, Jeff Altepeter, Brooke Penders, Alan E Ankeny, Morgen Cheshite, J. Noelle, J. McGehee, Michael Wang, Denise Bookwalter, Behnam, Peter Hanley, Margaret Adie, Lian Ng, Heather Mitchell, Susan Bails, Patricia Cheyne and Phil Pickering.

special thanks to our contributors
Brittany De Nigris, Laura Grablutz, Julianne Hamilton, Alex, Matt Runkle, Aviva Buivid, Dave McGurgan, Andrew Cornett, Cathy Honeysett Smith, Jessica Giles, Harris Fogel, Lauren Hubele, Drake Chandler, Alex Schloop, Sarah Zero, John Boilard, Jason, Chapin, Achim Wieland, Colette Gaiter, Angie Butler, Alicia McAteer, Camile Asseraf, Amy Brown, Patrick Brenton, Inge Bruggeman, Nikki Thompson, Melissa DiGiacomo, Stacey Martens, Maria Gleason, Jenny Profy, Alyssa Karninski, Matt Curtis, Mark Nystrom, Marianne Dages, Kate Ricci, B & C Whitehead, Sandra C Fernandez, Victor Ware, John Pastor, Heather Linton, Steve Varvaro, Sonja Rossow, Peter Kruty, David Shields, Sarah Bryant, Will Gettys, Rose Gridneff, Spencer Charles, K.H.J. Bearded, Jessica Tanny, Leslie Shaw, Andrew Cornett and Creative Scribble.

VSWTP at the Type Directors Club of New York

An exhibition of this project will open at the Type Directors Club of New York on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Tricia and Ashley will be giving a short talk about the project at the opening. The exhibition runs through February, 2013.

More information:

The Process

VSWTP Belfast

Exhibition at Belfast Print Workshop



sketches for David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

I began the creative process by doodling some ideas exploring the deconstruction of the supplied letterforms. I saw promise in the repetition of the straight and curved letter strokes.

marking up a proof of the David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

For nearly 10 years I’ve wanted to figure out a technique for safely masking and editioning wood type, and the concept I decided on for this print demanded it. While marking up a proof of the type it occurred to me how I could isolate the central strokes of the letterforms and mask them without creating additional pressure and possibly damaging the type.


first run lock-up for David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

I made a custom cylinder packing using strips of tympan paper (with a Mylar draw sheet) cut only as wide as the parts of the letters I wanted to print.

frisket used to mask wood type for the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

The second crucial component was making a frisket to protect the prints from picking up stray marks from the inked form.

printing David Wolske's first run for the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

There’s no pressure from the custom cylinder packing at the tops and bottoms of the letters. My experience printing on a hand press (for which a frisket is necessary) for the Red Butte Press edition of Wallace Stegner’s To a Young Writer provided the answer to a decade long riddle. I’m calling this technique  “plus-minus printing,” where the packing is the “plus” and the frisket is the “minus.” “isotype printing.”

the first print run of David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project on the drying rack


preparing the linoleum block for David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

For the second run, I wanted to print the counterforms (see the initial sketch). I scanned the original black proof (see image 2) and traced the counters in Adobe Illustrator and made them filled shapes. To get the now solid counterforms onto a linoleum block I printed the shapes with a laser printer, then traced the perimeter of each with a pencil. The pencil lines were placed against the linoleum and rubbed from the back of the sheet with a bone folder to transfer the outlines for cutting.

cutting the linoleum block for David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

mixing ink for the second run of David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

All three colors for the print use fluorescent, oil-based inks from Gans.

David Wolske's second print run for the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

The smooth, solid, pink, linoleum-cut counterforms contrast nicely with the open grain of the unshellacked wood type.


third run lock-up for David Wolske's contribution the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

Running the third color of David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

detail of the third print run from David Wolske's contribution to the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

I used brass, type-high rule to imply the missing ascenders (t, h), cross stroke (t), and spur (u), and to suggest an exploded view of the letters.


David Wolske's final print, "(un)touch(ed)" for the Vista Sans Wood Type Project

3 color letterpress
17.25 × 24 inches

wood grain, grainy wood

Object Play @ Press Street’s Antenna Gallery

Some pictures of the work on exhibit at Press Street’s Antenna Gallery,
3161 Burgundy Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

OBJECT PLAY– On view March 10-April 8, 2012
Curated by SIFT Co-founders Angela Driscoll and Yuka Petz.

Whats left – detail