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The Substation Love Letters Project—Final Edition


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Yaoyu - Typesetting SG
Chris Ong - The Substation



Typesetting SG

I am fascinated by the different responses I get upon seeing the different iterations of this letter. It is amazing how imagery can influence our first response to something, before we give ourselves a chance to read the words and realize they are the same across the many backgrounds. 



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3 weeks

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Bernhard Gothic
Garamond Italics
Franklin Gothic
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Project Description

The technique of letterpress is an antiquarian form of printing, once dominant for over 500 years, but is now, an artisanal method of putting word to paper. For the final edition of The Substation Love Letters Project, it is apt that this technique is married with the finery of poetry and the romanticised form of the postcard, the love letter.

The final poem of a five year series—the final resolution to the many works that came before—is overprinted on cards from the past series of love letters. Each postcard is handprinted; as imperfect as it is unique, as timeworn as it is of the present times.

A collage of all the past love letters, as well as the final poem is installed on the facade of The Substation gallery. This installation credits all the past participants of this project. The last postcard can be picked up from a mailbox in this installation.

Production Lesson(s)

The idea was to re-use the old cards produced for the previous editions of this project in a new manner. We explored different processes (stamping, embossing, silkscreen printing, off-set and risograph). Through this exploration, we learnt about the limitations of the different types of printing techniques in the process of re-purposing printed materials.”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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April 13, 2016


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