F.A.Q. & Answers
QUESTION #1: How many times did you have to run Persimmon through the printing press?
ANSWER #1: Each individual Persimmon card was run through 2 hand-cranked printing presses: 4 times though a hand-cranked cylinder printing press and 3 times through a hand-cranked platen press. (It’s great exercise for arms!)
QUESTION #2: How many of these did you print?
ANSWER #2: Persimmon was printed in a numbered, limited edition of 200 cards. Due to the nature of the printing process used for this card, it is not possible to reprint this card, consequently the 200 we printed are the only ones that will ever exist.
QUESTION #3: How long did it take to print Persimmon?
ANSWER #3: As you can imagine the process is a slow process. The design was drawn by hand. The block was carved by hand. The type was typeset by hand. The paper was cut by hand. Each of the 4 layers of ink on the illustration on each individual card was hand-brayered. The cards were hand-cranked through 2 printing presses (for a total of 7 times though the presses) to print them. The cards were folded by hand and packaged by hand. All-in-all it took 40+ hours to create Persimmon. (NOTE: The only electricity we used during this entire process was to provide power for the: light bulbs, so we could see; heating, so fingers wouldn’t freeze; and our computer, in order to post photos and notes on this blog about the whole process.
QUESTION #4: How can I get one?
QUESTION #5: What’s next?
ANSWER #5: Watch this blog for more limited edition cards in our “Heirloom Collection” series and other posters, broadsides, books and ephemera coming soon!