Jan-Willem van der Looij, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
LETTERPRESS DESIGN STUDIO:
GRAPHIC DESIGN (TEXT) AND EDITOR:
Melani De Luca
TEXT AND TRANSLATION:
Ancient wood and metal type, as well as new “analogue pixels”
Unlike my fellow printers, I don’t see any fault in the imperfect. On the contrary, differences and dissimilitudes fascinate me. They create a new dynamic on paper, a human touch to the formalities of the mechanical. In a world where industrial reproduction wants to smoothen anything and everything, I find comfort in the quirks of a (mis)print – and this isn’t even my hobby. Idiosyncratically, I am neither artist nor craftsman. I experiment with the unknown, playing with tools from the past, teaching them new tricks. Old machines, new ink. Spontaneous, uncompromising, and maximalist. This is how I print.