Low Tech Print: Contemporary Hand-Made Printing

By Caspar Williamson

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  • Paperback
  • 500 illustrations
  • 224 pages
  • 11⅛ x 7⅞ ins
  • ISBN 9781780672977
  • Published October 2013

Featuring a global showcase of 100 of the craft’s most exciting and influential practitioners, Low-Tech Print is an exploration of hand-made printmaking techniques and how they are used in contemporary design and illustration. It examines the huge recent resurgence in the popularity of printmaking, with chapters on screenprinting, letterpress, relief printing and other printing methods.

The book shows how practitioners develop a love affair with these hand-made techniques and use them to create beautiful contemporary designs, explaining the process behind each technique and its historical context. ‘In focus’ sections profile practitioners such as the ‘Lambe Lambe’ hand-made letterpress printers of São Paulo’s Grafica Fidalga studio and cult printing techniques such as Gocco (Japan) and Chicha (Peru).

Low-Tech Print is a must-have for all design, illustration, craft and printmaking enthusiasts.

About the Author

Caspar Williamson is a designer, illustrator, printmaker and author based in London. He is heavily involved in the UK printmaking scene, lectures on the subject and has taught both corporate and educational workshops throughout the UK. He has also exhibited widely and is represented by several galleries.
Williamson’s first title Reinventing Screenprinting was published in 2011 by Bloomsbury in the UK and Europe, and under the title The Little Book of Screenprinting by Chronicle Books in the US.

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An overview of disciplines

Chapter 1: Letterpress        
Letterpress: The Process in Brief
General Letterpress
South-American Letterpress
Brazilian Lambe-Lambe
Letterpress ‘In Focus’
Letterpress Portfolios

Chapter 2: Screenprinting    
Screenprinting: The Process in Brief
General Screenprinting
Screenprinted Book Art
Hand-Carved Stencils
Peruvian Chicha Printing
Japanese Gocco printing
Screenprinting ‘In Focus’
Screenprinting Portfolios

Chapter 3: Relief Printing    
Relief Printing: The Process in Brief
Block printing
Relief Printing ‘In Focus’
Relief Printing Portfolios

Chapter 4: Further Printing
Further Printing: The Processes in Brief
Further printing methods
Further printing ‘In Focus’
Further printing Portfolios

Practitioner listing