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The Great Gowanus Letterpress Paper and Ink Challenge, Part II

    The results are in! After testing dozens of weights and finishes, we finally found a paper with a good balance of tactility and smoothness. This paper worked well with the letterpress printing process, while bringing out the lyrical quality of David Biskup’s gorgeous Gowanus photographs. And the winner is….   REVERE SILK 300 [...]


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14 March 2013

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Declassified: the Great Gowanus Letterpress Paper and Ink Challenge, Part I

  In our original translation of David Biskup’s photograph of the Gowanus Canal (see our previous post), we used two paper stocks with different surfaces and densities to see which gave the better result. While we expected different effects, we were a little startled to find that, in spite of having matched the letterpress prints to [...]


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15 October 2012

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WalkaboutNYC Studio Tour at Swayspace!

We’re looking forward to hosting you on Friday, October 19th during WalkaboutNYC, the annual self-guided tour of some of New York City’s most creative agencies. We’ll be opening our doors to the public from 4-5, and from 5-6pm. The tour is open to all, and it’s free to attend, but space is limited, so don’t [...]


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7 September 2012

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You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

This is the story of our printing process. In our quick video,  you’ll see a bit of everything, from ink mixing to the roundtable discussions to trimming and of course, the printing. LOTS of printing. Kottke Stamen Map from Swayspace on Vimeo. With technology as instantaneous as it has become, it’s easy to get into [...]


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31 August 2012

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From Brush to Pixel to Press

The folks at stamen.com figured out how to incorporate hand-painted textures and algorithmic rule sets to create a series of gorgeous digital watercolor maps. We were asked by Jason Kottke to translate one of these maps into a letterpress printed piece, to be sent out to Kottke’s Quarterly Co. subscribers. Our letterpress printed translation of [...]


Posted
3 August 2012

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Shout It From the Rooftop!

For the past six years, we have had the honor of designing the Summer Program Guide for Rooftop Films. Each year, we’ve kept the grid, layout and styles consistent. But this year we changed it up by making the guide much smaller.   We had to translate the same fonts and blocky, flexible grid system to a much [...]


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3 August 2012

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Sleep No More

Our collaboration with proprietor M. Martell of the McKittrick Hotel has been fruitful indeed. We’ve been busy adapting the set of playing cards we designed for the McKittrick’s special events to produce an ongoing series of Limited Edition prints for sale in the hotel’s online giftshop.   Illustrated, designed and letterpress printed in house, these [...]


Posted
23 February 2012

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Ed Rusha + craftspeople = kick ass

It sometimes seems like the contemporary art world is intent on spreading the word that hand work, craft & technique are not only beside the point of fine art, but actually stand in the way of it. Budding artists are often encouraged by their MFA’d mentors to either eschew the development of hand skill altogether [...]


Posted
14 December 2011

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When we print, we turn up the base

For years, we’ve been using the same bases here at Swayspace. We’ve always preferred the Bunting bases for the amount of truly specific control they allow us to correct and highlight certain areas of what are essentially photographic images.  We have, however, also been limited by these bases. We have been using 2 bases that [...]


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5 October 2009

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Makers Market Cards

A quick hand-set type project for The Market that we’ve been peddling our stationary at on Sundays. (This is what we pulled those fonts out for)


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