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.
R-N-R Showprint is a collaborative letterpress and graphic design studio based in Norfolk, Virginia whose principal designers and printers are Ivanete Blanco and David Shields. They have a combined forty-five years of experience as graphic designers, and their interest in letterpress, fueled in good part by the work of Hatch Show Print, turned to practice upon arriving in the Art Department at Old Dominion University. From the sticky smacking sound of the ink hitting the paper to the feel of the smooth shopworn faces of the wood blocks, they find the physical experience of letterpress to be a powerful counterbalance to long hours spent in front of a computer monitor. They are fascinated by the limitations of the letterpress composing process and the unpredictability of the printing surfaces. In developing their letterpress work, they tend to use a good old fashion pencil to begin work, a computer to explore typographic ideas, and then work out all the particulars on press.Description of Process
This is the eleventh print in the Smithville Papers series, inspired by the 1930 recording of "A Lazy Farmer Boy" by Buster Carter and Preston Young. Working from a quick pencil sketch, the print was constructed from the combination of wood type, a large plate constructed of hand cut paint paddles mounted on MDF, and a polymer printing plate made from proofs of lead and wood rules and borders from the ODU letterpress collection. All passes were printed on ODU's Vandercook SP-20 proof press.