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Trail Log Project

letterpress + digital print bound booklets


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. 

I came up with some ideas for critical information: Length of the hike, a scale of difficulty, water 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 information that I felt was important. 

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. 


Process: printing the inside cover on the SP 15


letterpressed cards (bound and unbound)



This project began as an indulgence in my love of collecting notes but turned into a good tool for keeping closer track of my experimental film soaks. Printed on an SP15 Vandercook, these blank Darkroom Notes cards allow users to mark their notes down in one place: notes on chemicals, film type, the development process, and final results. 

I created one version (shown below) to test what kinds of information I needed to know about the soaks. The second version (shown left) is the final version. I added a space for archive information. 

The information about the development process is set up for C-41 color processing. The cards can be loose or bound together at one corner with a post.



Darkroom Notes locked up on the Universal 1. These cards were printed by hand in three different colors on two types of paper. 


Darkroom notes from September. In the revised version I include a space for archiving information on the card. 

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