Risograph printing, large format letterpress, deckle-edges and embossed papers - these are just a few of the topics we covered in our 2017 Breakfast Roadshows.
The year began with Risography - a classic print process which can be described as "mixture of digital printing and screen printing" where the standard CMYK rules don’t apply - you can print anything! This new-old printing process is experiencing something of a renaissance - proving a very popular technique amongst the art and design scene. Our roadshow was led by the German Riso pioneers Alexander Brancyck (Drucken 3000), Sven Tillack (duplo.press) and Sascha Wellm (Herr und Frau Rio) who showcased a wide variety of print designs on a selection of luxurious, open textured and rough papers. It should be noted that coated and very smooth papers are not suited to the Riso process.
Next up was the Suhrkamp Publishing House with "Edition Letterpress". This Edition consists of seven books all of which were produced in good-old traditional book-printing fashion on a Heidelberger Cylinder - also known as Letterpress - at Lettertypen in Berlin. The session was initiated and presented by Jan Gassel and Erik Spiekermann from Berlin print workshop P98A.
And so to deckle-edge papers. Paper maker Zerkall and Metapaper collaborated to produce and present CRAFT - their new deckle-edge paper that is suited to all print processes - digital, risography, letterpress and also small format offset. And the unique feature of this product.....Ever end use application be it a business card, Din Lang card or A3 poster presents a classic deckle-edge. A wonderful example of how to combine an almost forgotten product with modern technologies and design.
Our last, but not least, Roadshow topic centred upon the release of five new embossed papers: leather, linen, micro, stone and wood. Each embossing is available in each of the three Metapaper white shades: Coldwhite, White and Warmwhite.
2017 was a fantastic and exciting year of development and innovation. 2018 promises to be equally dynamic!
All the photographs from the P98A event in Berlin are from Norman Posselt.