I am fascinated by traditional craftsmanship. That's why I joined the letterpress summer school at the Graphic Workshop in Amsterdam during summer 2021. In a small group we were experimenting with different printing techniques and learned a lot about composition, ink and the history of printing.

At the first day I was standing in front of the centuries-old printing presses with much respect, a little intimidation and a lot of curiosity.

I felt to be brought back to the basis of all design: Typography. I experimented with layers and angles and found out that there can be lots of mathematics in printing.

Next to the lead- and wood type, we also worked with paper cut-outs. It was great to discover how depth can be created by simply printing more layers.

In contrast to the lead type, the wooden letters were bigger and easier to arrange freely.

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