This week, after a scare over the health of the Vandercook SP15 - my preferred press - I raided the box of type ornaments and other oddities that is kept in the print centre. As well as stars, intricate patterned border pieces and pointy fingers, I had noticed that there was a big selection of curly brackets so I set myself the challenge of fishing all of these out and printing them. I was envisioning something akin to the barcodes and striped patterns that inspired my printing on envelopes with the shilling strokes last year.
I set them out pretty much as them came out of the box, and as you can see above there was quite a range of sizes. For the record, I am aware that this is not the recommended way to lock up your type! I knew I wouldn't have time to set everything out and pack it precisely, so I went on the theory that as long as there was enough pressure from the sides (as it appears above) then I should be able to get away with trying to fill as many gaps as possible to stop them moving inwards. I printed on some envelopes and strips of paper of varying thickness, to see how the effect changed.
The results were similar to what I was expecting, though I think the print was more fine and delicate than I anticipated. When I was setting the type I was reminded of icicles - though that could have just been the temperature messing with me - but the prints make me think of those printouts of peoples heartbeats, ECGs? It would be good to print a collection of different arrangements, and they lend themselves well to my theme of coded data.