Future/Past: Ink differently 2016
My letterpress poster is part of a mini display at the National Library of Scotland,
commemorating 150 years of Robert Smail's Printing Works.
'Future/Past: Ink differently' showcases a limited edition series of posters by myself and other graphic design students from Edinburgh Napier University. Using the 1886 Wharfedale Reliance printing press, the posters apply our modern design skills to the classic methods of letterpress printing. Robert Smail's Printing Works was in commercial operation until 1986, when it was purchased by the National Trust for Scotland. The machinery is kept in working order, and is still used today.
My poster celebrates the history of Smails and it's location in the Scottish Borders. The copy is taken from Innerleithen's border games song, 'On St. Ronan'. I chose 'built on border song and story' because it reflects the deep roots Smails has within the borders and the rich heritage still alive today.
I really enjoyed the experience and feel so lucky to have been involved. Smails offer something truly unique, a chance to get inky and be part of their extraordinary heritage. I want to thank them for opening my eyes to the world of print and I wish them many more successful years. Visit their website here.