Welcome to Ruby Victoria Letterpress & printmaking

Here you will find photos of all my original hand carved linocut prints and letterpress printing.
A commercial printer by trade a printmaker by choice.
I specialize in original handcarved lino block prints with a bit of letterpress thrown in for good measure.
All printed on antique printing machines with that unmistakable bite into the paper that you can only get with letterpress printing

The work that I do is not created on a computer everything is hand drawn then hand carved out of lino then printed one impression at a time on my tabletop letterpress machine

I do not use polymer which limits me somewhat in regards to type but I love to use traditional methods in my printing that involve handset type and hand carved designs and I think this is what make my work totally Original and Unique to what other people are doing right now and it also meaning everything I make is an original work of art
I love what I do and love to share it with others that are interested


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thaumatrope: bird in the cage Illusion

Wow its been a bit of a long time bewtween posts on here by the looks of it, lots been going on here at home and at the studio
I have been getting ready for the Christmas season getting all stocked up for out trip up to Launceston for Niche and  other local markets around the place as well as filling  lovely wholesale order for Oatlands handmade, The Queen Victoria museum and art gallery bookshop and for Annie of Sanctum in Launceston. 
I have also been kept bus with all the local markets which are all hotting up which is wonderful and have attended a couple of new market for the first time like the Longford makers market up in the north of Tassie and at the lovely Nook market in North Hobart.
 I have been printing  lots of lovely festive greeting cards, notecards, and mini paper bunting/garlands as well as some new things that I haven't printed before and decided I just wanted to make them for the fun of doing something a little bit different.

Enter the Thaumatrope, A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in Victorian times. A disk or card with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to combine into a single image due to persistence of vision.
thanks for that description Wikipedia.

both sides of my handprinted linocut Thaumatrope   

 And here it is in action

I have always been fascinated by things like this since I was a little dot and thought it would be a fun think to make and have for sale at the market this coming weekend and in my online stores so if you would like one keep your eye on my etsy, Madeit  and Bluecaravan stores :)
 I will be posting more photos later this week of a new greeting card design and three new book plates with images channeled from my more child like side.

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