Lead Graffiti not only produces unique and innovative books, broadsides, and other book arts pieces, but Jill and Ray, and Ray’s son, Tray, also do commercial letterpress work. They work with traditional materials in surprising and contemporary ways. Their studio not only includes a variety of traditional wood and foundry types, but also is stocked with new and wonderful wood type they have designed and manufactured entirely in-house.During Carl’s visit, Jill and Ray generously took the time to show him around and explain some of their techniques. They also presented him with some inspiring samples of their work to share with the TBAS associates. One of the most interesting broadsides is from the 2014 series of their "Tour de Lead Graffiti" project. The sample print they sent back to Tampa is one of twenty-one posters interpreting the stages of this year’s Tour de France bicycle race held in July in France and nearby European countries.
|An example of the wood type made at Lead Graffiti.|
|Some of this year’s posters from Tour de Lead Graffiti.|
|Bringing the Tour to TBAS.|
The posters are limited editions—this year being the fourth in their yearly series—and copies of many of them remain available for purchase.
Check out Lead Graffiti’s web site to see more of the series, along with some of the other great stuff they are doing. http://www.leadgraffiti.com/index.asp