• Jessica Spring - Printer's Blocks
  • Jessica Spring - Printer's Blocks

Jessica Spring – Printer’s Blocks


© 2012
edition of 20

11.5 x 2 x 9 box; 1.5 square, individual cubes



Printer’s Blocks is an abecedarium composed of vintage wood type and printer’s blocks letterpress printed on Magnani Revere and formed into cubes. Letters are arranged in a box as they would be in a case of type (with J and U following Z) since those letters were not used by early English printers. Two sides of each block include a variety of handset patterns created from American Type Founder’s Dainty Border No. 1-that like the border-can be arranged to delight.

Magnani Revere, handset type and ornaments, housed in aluminum box

Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press. She designs, prints and binds artist books, broadsides and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-craft editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective and collaborative work is an important aspect of the Press. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Jessica Spring – Printer’s Blocks

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