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Trail Log Project

letterpress + digital print bound booklets

2021


I started this project a couple of years ago fully on the letterpress
and I finished it recently as a fourth edition with parts done on the letterpress and part digitally. 

The idea was to have a place to house details about a trailhead or
hike that I had already done. Also, I was tired of typing out detailed instructions in order to share these spots with my friends. I decided
to use the letterpress studio to create a small booklet to house the hike list.

I came up with some ideas for critical information:
Length of the hike, a scale of difficultywater source, trailhead location, etc. and got to work. The front cover is a block print that I print on every front and back cover of the trail logs. For the final and fourth version, the inside is a digital print. I also included some letterpressed information that I felt was important. A call to action: Leave No Trace and a reminder: Uphill hikers have right of way. Hopefully this will make each trail a better place.

The booklet with writing shown is a first edition. The booklets with the purple printed text and green interior text are newer editions. 

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Inside spread of the trail log. When I made the first edition fully on the letterpress, I found the grey printed background didn't hold ink very well, and some inks bled while others sat on the background and faded quickly. Because I want these to last a long time, I decided to print the insides digitally. 

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Process: printing the inside cover on the SP 15

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Process: scoring, folding, and binding the printed Trail Logs