Tweet to Metal

Last week, to mark the 125th anniversary of the linotype machine, Portland’s Stumptown Printers (with the help of some friends at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry) celebrated with a twitter-based letterpress project. From their recap post

After exchanging tweets with Doug Wilson (director of Linotype the film) earlier that proceeding week, we cobbled together an idea to cast “tweets”, and do it in a semi “real time” manner. The idea was that people would tweet Linotype-relevant quotes, ideas, anniversary greetings etc., and use the hash tag #lino125 as a thread to keep the tweets together.

Select tweets using the hashtag #lino125 were chosen for casting in metal. Once the type was cast, the crew at Stumptown pulled proofs, photographed them with the casted slugs, and re-tweeted pics. From digital to analog to digital again. The whole process emphaiszes the interesting dynamic between print and internet (a subject, coincidentally, that Printeresting will be exploring in hard copy this Fall as guest editors of the The California Printmaker- but more that later). Word from Brian at Stumptown is that they’ll probably be doing more “real-time” typecasting some time in the future… we’ll let you know if we hear anything. A bunch more pictures at Stumptown’s flickr page.

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