Letterpress Type Caster Sky Shipley Talks Tradition and the Importance of Preserving the Art Form in this Week's New Times
You've probably seen them at flea markets -- metal letters, words, and images that were once set, inked, and rolled against paper in a printing press to create the daily newspaper, novel, or informational flyer.
Once an industrial process, letterpress (the act of printing with metal, wood, and now polymer-based type and imagery) has grown into an artform that has taken off in contemporary culture the last few years.
Sky Shipley is one of the last letterpress experts and aficionados who casts metal type used for letterpress. We caught up with Shipley in his foundry in Prescott, where he talks about the artform's long history, it's roots in Arizona, and it's complicated future.
Sky Shipley in his Skyline Type Foundry in Prescott, Arizona.
photo by Claire Lawton
Shipley's the subject of this week's cover story, Typecast. From the feature:
And he knows that if he doesn't pass along his skill set, traditional letterpress could be in trouble.
To read more about Shipley and the letterpress movement in Arizona, read this week's cover story here and check out a slideshow of Shipley's work as well as work from Chandler's Letterpress Central and downtown Phoenix's Hazel and Violet.
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