This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2019. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Norwegian graphic designer Lars Amundsen and German graphic designer Matthias Beck teamed up in 2014 to create the only letterpress workshop in the Canary Islands. 'Tipos en su tinta' as it is called, is a totally manual letterpress workshop and most of the printing tools have been rescued from old print workshops on the island where they both have lived for almost 15 years.
Apart from designing and printing limited edition prints, 'Tipos en su tinta' o er creative workshops to the local residents and European tourists not only seeking the sun but also a taste of the local culture in Tenerife.
Description of Process
This idea came up while planning a creative workshop for the Natural History Museum in Tenerife, and the two designers were inspired by a permanent exhibition of scienti c drawings of plants. After doing a bit of research the term Printers' Flowers became appropriate and a series of ower and leaf like illustrations were prepared using type eurons from the workshop. The decorative designs were composed by hand and then combined with historical quotes set in metal type.
On the day of the event, museum visitors had an opportunity to print their own Printers' Flower choosing from the predesigned elements. After the workshop at the museum, the complete series of owers were carefully printed on an old vintage Platten Press using spot colors.