Presses In Movies And Lawn Roller Printing
On Saturday August 13th the International Printing Museum did a "Printing Presses In Movies" presentation, showcasing films dating back decades that used presses from the museums collection. There were some really interesting clips but the most detailed showing was from the bonus features in the movie "Seven Pounds." The presses in Rosario Dawson's garage as well as a third press that did not make it through the cuts all came from the museum and Museum director Mark Barbour talks about Rosario, the presses, the museum and the whole experience.
After the presentation myself and the rest of The Night Shift took the Book Arts Guild and other museum visitors out back to print some large scale wood cut movie posters using a sod lawn roller. Printing wood cuts too large to run through most presses using a steam roller is a fairly common practice. Seeing as we were printing wood cuts that are 50+ years old, most of which were not stored well before becoming museum property, we could not expose the blocks to that much stress and needed to have a bit more control over the process. Doscent Karen Haack came up with the idea and rented the sod roller for us.
I am happy to say that the process went over so well that the museum has purchased a 4' wide sod roller that can be filled to 900lb and we will be using it to do more large format printing presentations at the LA Printers Fair (hopefully with some modifications if I have anything to do with it)
Below are a few images from the printing experience, I didn't get a chance to take many, as you would imagine this is a bit of a process and things got rather busy and messy pretty quick. As others post images I will be sure to add or link them from here.