10 x 10 in
Letterpress with Autotype
This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum April 17-June 30, 2018. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Troy Patterson is a graphic designer, design educator, and a letterpress practitioner and collector of things. He received a BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University and an MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Patterson is an assistant professor of graphic design at York College of Pennsylvania. While working with young designers is his main focus these days, he continues to be deeply involved in his own personal practice at Catch and Release Press. At C&RP he works on a range of projects, both commercial and personal where he makes 21st century digitally based graphic design and experiments in letterpress processes. He lives and practices in York, PA.
This work is part of a larger body of work called Out of Chaos. It is the combination of two parts. One is the investigation of his collection of wood type, metal type, and cuts along with industrial parts. The second is the exploration of letterpress printing that goes beyond the limitations of the traditional .918” tolerances of letterpress. To do this, Patterson built a printing press using a scissors jack, typically used to lift cars. This non-standard letterpress device permitted him to explore new areas of printing with materials that will not fit into conventional letterpress systems. In his collection of oddities is car lettering and found industrial parts. He developed a method of printing with car lettering he calls Autotype. Autotype is a significant character set, salvaged lettering from abandoned automobiles. When combined with traditional letterpress elements the compositions are noisy and naturally distressed. The prints consist of irregularities and disruptions amplified by the adhesives and imperfections on the industrial found parts. This new visual language is transposed into prints and creating the ethos of contemporary design style.