Brian Allen letterpress prints announcements - wedding, birth, graduation, etc. He uses the best papers - 100% cotton, thick and extra thick. He works with designers who supply ready-to-print files, or directly with clients for whom he will design the pieces, and then letterpress print them.
Fine art prints
I use letterpress presses and processes to make fine art - in essence it's letterpress printmaking; monotypes, multiples, and one of a kind pieces.
Photographs of lead type and tools of the letterpress trade are also available.
Letterpress printed from wood furniture, with a hand drawn line in sumi ink. Rives BFK gray printmaking paper. 8 x 19 inches. Ink on paper.
Letterpress printed from wood type, using the 1850s Albion handpress. 12x12 inches, ink on paper. 4 passes through the press.
Result of a brush meditation session - scanned and letterpress printed. 10 x 18 inches, ink on paper. Printed on the Albion handpress.
Slivers of Light
Response to a poem by Francisco X. Alarcon. Letterpress printed on the Albion handpress. 4 panels, each 12 x 12 inches, totaling 24 x 24 inches. Ink on paper.
Improved Albion press
My Albion handpress, 18 x 24 inch platen size, built in the 1850s in London, along with the Bruce Rogers-designed broadside for one of my favorite typefaces, Centaur. The broadside was composed in type by Mackenzie & Harris, San Francisco, and printed in 1948 by Taylor & Taylor, San Francisco.
General commercial letterpress printing is a mainstay of the studio – from business cards to marketing materials to hang tags. And much more, in quantities from one to thousands. I collaborate with offset/digital printers for covers/inserts as well.