Great Lakes Type Project
       
     
 Spent (detail) Letterpress, Spent Grain
       
     
 Hammond Beach
       
     
 Collecting materials for the type
       
     
 Hammond Beach
       
     
 Wolf Lake
       
     
Research_Wolf-Lake_Weeds.jpg
       
     
 Beachcombing bust. The research missions yield only garbage.
       
     
 Coating spent brewing grains to adhere to the mould.
       
     
Process_Grain-Mound.jpg
       
     
Process_Grains-Prep.jpg
       
     
Process_Grain-Block.jpg
       
     
Process_Dessication-Chamber.jpg
       
     
 Laser cutting the dried grain mould. 
       
     
 After the block is laser cut, the individual pieces of type are finished by hand. 
       
     
Process_Carved-P.jpg
       
     
 The finished type is cut down into individual pieces and locked-up on the press bed.
       
     
 Printed 6 pica Grain Type specimen.
       
     
 Shot (detail)
       
     
 Pheasant feathers sourced from a Chicago hunter.
       
     
 The pheasant feathers were adhered to type-high particle board and laser cut.
       
     
 Laser cut feather block.
       
     
 The feather block was finished by hand and cut down into individual pieces of type.
       
     
 Feather Type on press.
       
     
 Inky feathers.
       
     
 Printed Feather Type specimen.
       
     
Great Lakes Type Project
       
     
Great Lakes Type Project

2015
Letterpress, Found Materials, Photography

The Great Lakes Type Project uses found materials along Lake Michigan to explore the connection between economic modes of production and the environment.

Throughout the 19th century, participants in “the big cut” extracted lumber from upper midwestern forests to construct cities on the east coast. A burgeoning wood type industry surrounding the Great Lakes used the same lumber to produce moveable type. In response to wood type’s roots in the extractive economy, I attempted to gather materials at three sites surrounding Lake Michigan. While beachcombing did not yield enough material to form a 12” x 18” block, I found alternative mediums to represent modern industry around the Lakes.

 Spent (detail) Letterpress, Spent Grain
       
     

Spent (detail)
Letterpress, Spent Grain

 Hammond Beach
       
     

Hammond Beach

 Collecting materials for the type
       
     

Collecting materials for the type

 Hammond Beach
       
     

Hammond Beach

 Wolf Lake
       
     

Wolf Lake

Research_Wolf-Lake_Weeds.jpg
       
     
 Beachcombing bust. The research missions yield only garbage.
       
     

Beachcombing bust. The research missions yield only garbage.

 Coating spent brewing grains to adhere to the mould.
       
     

Coating spent brewing grains to adhere to the mould.

Process_Grain-Mound.jpg
       
     
Process_Grains-Prep.jpg
       
     
Process_Grain-Block.jpg
       
     
Process_Dessication-Chamber.jpg
       
     
 Laser cutting the dried grain mould. 
       
     

Laser cutting the dried grain mould. 

 After the block is laser cut, the individual pieces of type are finished by hand. 
       
     

After the block is laser cut, the individual pieces of type are finished by hand. 

Process_Carved-P.jpg
       
     
 The finished type is cut down into individual pieces and locked-up on the press bed.
       
     

The finished type is cut down into individual pieces and locked-up on the press bed.

 Printed 6 pica Grain Type specimen.
       
     

Printed 6 pica Grain Type specimen.

 Shot (detail)
       
     

Shot (detail)

 Pheasant feathers sourced from a Chicago hunter.
       
     

Pheasant feathers sourced from a Chicago hunter.

 The pheasant feathers were adhered to type-high particle board and laser cut.
       
     

The pheasant feathers were adhered to type-high particle board and laser cut.

 Laser cut feather block.
       
     

Laser cut feather block.

 The feather block was finished by hand and cut down into individual pieces of type.
       
     

The feather block was finished by hand and cut down into individual pieces of type.

 Feather Type on press.
       
     

Feather Type on press.

 Inky feathers.
       
     

Inky feathers.

 Printed Feather Type specimen.
       
     

Printed Feather Type specimen.