Mise tracks the rise of letterpress as well and details how he fell in love with the craft.
He went from art-school dropout alienated by ‘a programme designed to churn out top-notch, fast-producing designers’ to falling in love with the often painfully slow and painstaking world of the ‘press monkey’.
When Mise started out, he says, ‘most experienced letterpress mechanics were long dead or out of work’. Nowadays ‘book arts and letterpress centres are popping up in just about every major metro area in the United States’.
For his survey of letterpress work, Mise has split the projects into a number of different categories.
So there’s politics, animalia, press humour and ‘retro & the weird’.
One thing you won’t find in this book, however, is a letterpress wedding invitation. As Mise says, ‘This is one of the few genres of letterpress that has become too saturated and stale.’
Adventures in Letterpress, by Brandon Mise, is published by Laurence King in February priced at £17.95.