Ellipsis: Benwells Studio Visit

Last year, Alistair showed us the logo and identity for printing company Benwells and today we got to visit their studio.

It was a very exciting place because we got to see so many samples for one. I don’t know anyone who was on the visit who wasn’t excited by the feel of the paper and the different processes than were used by the studio. It was also interesting to see the different processes in action as they are machines that we don’t have in the university and aren’t something I’ve come across before.

  • Embossing: This process makes something stand out from the page. It impresses an image or text into a surface using an engraved metal die. This creates a raised impression. If the impression is to be sunk, it is known as ‘debossing’.
  • Foil Blocking: Is where a pre-glued metallic foil, is pressed by a heated die, into the surface of a material. This is a permanent way of applying a quality finish to materials. The foil is metallic, but comes in a range of colours and is possible to block print holographic foils, in satin, gloss and matt.
  • Die-cutting: Is a process used to cut a thin flat material into a specific shape using a steel cutting die. It can be used to punch out a decorative shape or pattern to incorporate within a larger piece, or it can be used to create the main shape of an object by cutting the entire sheet of paper in a designed way.
  • Lithography: A printing process that uses a flat stone or metal plate on which the image areas are worked using a greasy substance so that the ink will adhere to them by, while the non-image areas are made ink-repellent.

I’d love to be able to use some of these processes for the project, so I’m going to look into DIY versions of these as I don’t think my bank account can spare the money to get things professionally at this moment in time!

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