Here at R&B we love to see what other designers have been up to and how they approach design challenges. As we are both keen printers ourselves and run low tech printing workshops it was delightful to be asked to review two printing books. A few months ago we reviewed Jane Foster’s printing book, her style is very different to the designers we are looking at here.
Low-Tech print: Contemporary Hand Made Printing by Caspar Williamson is an exploration of a hundred global practitioners, who work using handmade screen-printing, letterpress and relief printing. The book explores how they use these methods in contemporary design and illustration. As one would expect with such a book it has fabulous illustrations throughout.
A potted biography is given of each practitioner and the area that interests them most, whether it be posters, illustrations, politics etc. Methods of working are explored and the book is divided into chapters on Screen-printing, letterpress, relief printing and other methods.
This is not a ‘how to’ book but more of a primer to get you interested in and excited by the whole printing process.
In complete contrast to Caspar Williamson’s book the next book Fresh Prints: 20 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home by Christine Leech is very much a ‘How To’ book. It’s right in the R&B zone, that is creating something fab from next to nothing, using things you have to hand and without having to make an expensive outlay on tools and materials.
Low-Tech print: Contemporary Hand Made Printing by Caspar Williamson
Published by Laurence King at £19.95
Fresh Prints: 20 Easy and Enticing Printing Projects to Make at Home by Christine Leech
Published by Quadrille at £12.99