PAPER JAM PRESS MAKES THE MIC SOUND NICE : REAL PRINTS FOR REAL LIFE
Hard to express how excited I am to have Paper Jam Press's rap lyric-inspired prints in the shop. They just arrived yesterday and each one is absolutely gorgeous - simple and yet so tactile - each letter pressed on paper in such a way that you can actually feel it. Is that too much? It probably is, but I'm just trying to express that they're just that great,
Paper Jam Press is the work of Arianna Orland, until very recently, the Creative Director of Zynga, and on the side, the creative director and workhorse behind these letterpress prints. One-by-one, Arianna's hands touch each piece - she cuts the paper, sets type, inks the press, feeds the paper - each print a unique piece created by the artist.
Arianna works strictly in 10-line Hamilton Gothic wood type. From Arianna as told to Mohawk Paper's Felt & Wire:
"That’s my font. I love the silkiness of the wood and the straightforward and simple quality of the letterforms. I also love that the drawer has no K‘s or I‘s. I had to buy those letters on eBay, and on the posters that use those letters, they don’t quite match. I’m OK with that.
There never seem to be enough letters in a case of wood type. This can only be resolved by inspired wordsmithing or a second press pass. There are no undos. If you make a mistake, at best you’ve lost a single print. At worst, you’ve lost a night’s worth of work… or maybe more.
In my nights spent setting individual blocks of type, locking up furniture, walking my prints, and scrubbing ink off my hands, I rediscover a sense of responsibility to the objects I am making. Each print so imperfect, so fragile and yet so definitive. At the end of the night, looking at a table filled with prints, I think, There it is, my idea, externalized in the physical world.
We need things that are real. The real affects our work by affecting us as individuals, by keeping us rooted and reminding us that we can project our human power onto things that exist. We can manipulate small parts of the world with our ideas and our hands. As human beings, we can connect to one another through our physicality. UI design does much to satisfy my intellect, but letterpress printing satisfies my soul."
Paper Jam Press has also created Luxe Moo business cards with profits going to charity, has done collaborative work with other artists, her designs are available as Tattly temporary tattoos, and most recently worked with Blik to create seriously cool Paper Jam Press wall decals. This Sping, a new edition of prints is in the works, as well as an upcoming giveaway hosted by So About What I Said (stay tuned!).
More about Paper Jam Press HERE and HERE. Available at Domestica starting 1/25 and online soon thereafter. If you want one shipped before they're in the webshop, hit us up at domestica411 at gmail. COMING SOON! Paper Jam Press Party at Domestica!