beat it, billie jean

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A call was put out earlier this spring on a forum to which I belong, called Ladies of Letterpress. It was for a printer's exchange, based on the game of Old Maid. Kathryn Hunter of Blackbird Letterpress came up with the idea and asked that everyone create a character and then print a pair of cards, using letterpress, in an edition of 35, she says she's drawn to this game "for the alliteration and cleverness of the graphics and characters" and I quite agree. It was a great project and I'm thrilled to have been a part of it.

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It was a tough decision at first, I thought of all kinds of characters and ended up going with Beat-it-Billie-Jean. Initially I did a sketch on paper, then scanned + enhanced in Illustrator using my Wacom tablet. Photopolymer plates were made for the illustration and printed on Lettra, using my C&P 8x12 NS. “Old Maid” printed with my mismatched collection of vintage wood type.

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To see all of the fabulous creations that this printer's exchange group came up with as they come in, go to the Blackbird Letterpress blog!