London 67 © Lindsay Curren
Lindsay Curren writes about her process for creating London 67:
Handcut linoleum block print for Prime Number #67 cover art
I wanted to do an image for issue #67 that would be fun to see in a linoleum block print. And since I like typography, I was hoping to find something interesting or iconic to work with.
After a bit of research into things associated with the number 67, I lit upon this vintage electronic music amplification overdrive device from 1967, from a company called Tonehunter. Apparently it was an early iteration of "cranking up the amp," in the rock world, a favorite of luminaries like Jimi Hendrix, Robert Palmer, and Eric Clapton, among others.
Lindsay Curren is a 1992 graduate of the School of Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. She's been creating broadside posters since age 16 both by hand and in computer-generated graphic design. Her current projects include 31 Days of Urban Agriculture—31 broadsides on food and cities—and handcut linoleum block letterpress cards/posters. She also works in textiles, and is a freelance and ghost writer focused mainly on lower carbon-footprint living (conservation and DIY lifestyles). She lives in Staunton Virginia with her husband Erik and their two teenaged daughters. See more of her work at lindsaycurren.com.
In the first image you can see a photo sourced from the web of the amp device. Next to it is a blank linoleum block. On the bottom row there's my drawing of the device, and on the right my initial cut of the linoleum block.
In the second image on the top from left to right and top to bottom you can see my supplies, an inking of my glass, and a rolling of the ink across the glass plate with the ink brayer. Then I did a couple of test runs on lower quality paper to see where I was before making some refining cuts to the block, inking it again, and running what I hoped would be final prints on better paper — handmade Japanese kitakata paper. You can see there my baren, which is used to hand press/print the inked plate onto the paper.
In the final image I've run several prints on the Japanese paper and am pretty happy with the result—this vintage rock and roll amp overdrive looks cool! The knobs and switches and psychedelic 60s font lend themselves well to the "gross" qualities of a linoleum block print (a slightly easier cousin of the woodcut printing method).
In the last photo set I laid a purple filter over the image (it's not purple ink) just because I thought it looked very rock ‘n' roll for the Web. On paper though it's just black ink over beige paper.