so much depends... -WCW
Here's a series of letterpress poem postcards I made in 2011-2012, as a way of sharing my work with friends after graduate school. I was missing the connection and camaraderie of workshop and community, and started making these in ~50 card editions at the San Francisco Center for the Book, after I finished the Center's Core Cylinder Press program.
I printed them all on a Vandercook proof press with water-based ink, and after the postal service was less-than-kind to the first "You Have Never" batch, I switched over to French cover stock and love it. I've hand-set type before, and it's a surprisingly meditative process... but I printed these with photopolymer plates and a Boxcar base. For "You Have Never" I also made my own plates in a plate-making class at SFCB, but for the others, I sent my designs to Boxcar Press.
You Have Never--Designed with InDesign, plates made at SFCB, printed @ SFCB on Crane Lettra paper, three press runs (front text, blind emboss, and reverse mailing info)
The others--Designed with InDesign and Photoshop, plates made by Boxcar Press, printed @ SFCB on French 100# Speckletone cover stock, three press runs/card (front text, background image, and reverse mailing info)