Igloo Press Poster-making Wonderment

lemon tart

The day started off with a delightful lemon tart and cafe au lait at a French bakery in Worthington, Ohio and then we scoped out a few stores in the downtown strip. Afterwards, we darted off to Igloo Press to get started on a poster printing project.

I have heard a lot of good things about Igloo Press and was excited to see the space in person. They have several letterpresses, lots of lead and wood type, and a lovely storefront all wrapped up in a quaint building. In addition to lots of commercial work, they offer various classes on stationary, poster, and other letterpress printing. This particular class was for printing an 11×17 poster.

igloo store

Inside Igloo Letterpress with cards, books, and paper ephemera for sale

Now I realize why they were semi alarmed by the length of the quote we wanted to work with since it took awhile to lay everything out. But I’m really happy with the end result and it was super fun to work with a Vandercook Press. At MITCH Collective, we work with platen or clamshell presses. Vandercooks are called barrel presses since the paper gets rolled around a barrel and then passes over the flat press bed instead of the clamshell motion of a platen press where the type and paper clap together like a clam snapping.


The text locked up on the bed of the Vandercook Proof Press No. 4

Here’s the quote we ended up printing:
letterpress milk poster

The quote comes from the IT Crowd by the man on the far left, Maurice Moss. He’s a wiley character working at Reynholm Industries with fellow IT technician Roy and their Relationship Manager Jen whose experience with computers includes “sending emails and deleting emails.” I highly recommend you check the show out on Netflix! It’s a brilliant britcom and Moss’s character has priceless quotes.

IT Crowd
We printed the text on a variety of paper stock (some of which was shimmery!). The Igloo Press staff were perturbed but amused by the content since they hadn’t heard of the show. We donated one of the posters to the shop and I think it will be fit right in with the one I saw on the wall from 30 Rock.

Thanks Igloo!


About mitchcollective

MITCH Collective is a community-driven catalyst promoting creativity in the Ohio Valley. MITCH Collective enriches Martins Ferry, Ohio and nearby towns by: -inviting artists, writers, and musicians to experience the beauty and creative potential of the area while creating new work and interacting with local residents through the residency program. -inspiring a historically economically depressed area by teaching new skills and ideas that will help foster new problem solving approaches for challenges that face the community. -collaborating with nonprofit and municipal organizations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania to bring innovative, interdisciplinary projects to life. Facilities include printmaking, screen printing, sewing, quilting, and bookbinding. Visit www.mitchcollective.org for more information.
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