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A letterpress gallery located in Seattle

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A letterpress gallery located in Seattle


This is a visual form that speaks to people and has to tell them not only what the music is like, but where and when they can see it. It is not as simple as the film poster, where there are already visuals to draw from and more creative than the suggestible nature of an advertising billboard. Music posters are a true mix of design and art, as pure as the music they represent. Within the world of music posters t h e r e a r e t h o s e w h o h o l d o n to t h e p a s t , i n t h e s a m e w ay t h a t some guitarists will refuse to play any thing but their 1 9 60 ’s model Fender Telecaster. This is not out of backwardness or rejection of the modern world, but out of appreciation for something that worked perfectly well for such a long time, something that had a real soul and character to it. This is why several music and show print houses still produce posters the traditional way – with letterpress.

Their classic poster look is achieved t h r o u g h t h e u s e o f e l a b o r a te l y carved woodblocks in combination with hand-set type. A typical Hatch poster is still created the same way as it would have been in the late 19th century. Designs hand carved into basswood or maple blocks are combined with moveable wooden letters then locked into frames for direct printing. While the technique remains the same their clientele has adapted with the times. Hatch have made show posters for a vast range of musicians including: Bob Dylan, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Willie Nelson, B r u c e S p r i n g s t e e n , R E M , D ave Matthews, Jewel, the Beastie Boys and the White Stripes, just to name a few.

H a tc h S h ow P r i n t , i n N a s hv i l l e , TN, has been doing this for more tha n a ce ntur y, pro d ucing show posters for every form of travelling entertainment. In this time Hatch has built a reputation as Southern A m e r i c a ’s p r e m i e r l e t t e r p r e s s printshop.

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Profile for Ian  McArthur

ffi - The Pressing Issue  

This issue of ffi takes you through the history of letterpress from it's origins and evolution highlighting technologies, experiments and ma...

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