letterpressed Machin


16 February 1999, UK
‘Profile on Print’ booklet
scraperboard: Bill Sanderson
based on original design by Arnold Machin

This stamp is one of the celebrations of Machin’s stamp, representing the design in the letterpress method.  The artwork was made using the scraperboard technique, which was widely used for newspaper, book and magazine illustrations until the 1960s – lines are carved through the black ink coating of the board revealing the white clay surface beneath. Sanderson is one of the few remaining artists using this technique.

His reduced and controlled way of using the knife is recreating the Queens face in the Machin’s relief – not at all easy, I would imagine…  I first found his works in Gavin Pretor Pinney’s book ‘The Cloudspotter’s Guide‘ – incredible depictions of clouds in black and white.



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