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Song of the Open Road

A letterpress print using the words of Walt Whitman on love and partnership

It was the wife and I's first wedding anniversary last month so I felt it my duty to produce a letterpress print.

What to print was a fairly easy decision as 'Song of the Open Road' by Walt Whitman was our wedding reading during the ceremony.

The reading is taken from the poem by Whitman written in 1856. It's a fairly long piece of prose so the reading at the wedding took some of the more famous lines. I then distilled this down even more the final print.

This was the first time I had used a letterpress plate to produce a print. This meant sending off my digital design to produce a relief plate which you can think ink up. In letterpress terms it's cheating a bit but I simply didn't have the time to set anything other than the first word individually!

If anbody else is interested or had the same reading at their wedding, I can vouch that they make a fantastic wedding anniversary gift! Limited edition of 8 letterpress prints signed, numbered and dated.

Poster size 200mm x 300mm printed on 285gsm Fabriano Rosapina Avoria (Ivory) paper and signed, numbered and dated. The print will be posted first class and packaged with acid free tissue paper in a robust poster tube to prevent damage.

Here's the full reading that the print is taken from :

"I do not offer the old smooth prizes,
But offer rough new prizes, 
These are the days that must happen to you: 
You shall not heap up what is called riches, 
You shall scatter with lavish hand all that you earn or achieve. 
However sweet the laid-up stores, 
However convenient the dwellings, 
You shall not remain there. 
However sheltered the port, 
And however calm the waters, 
You shall not anchor there. 
However welcome the hospitality that welcomes you 
You are permitted to receive it but a little while 
Afoot and lighthearted, take to the open road, 
Healthy, free, the world before you, 
The long brown path before you, 
leading wherever you choose.
Say only to one another: 
Camerado, I give you my hand! 
I give you my love, more precious than money, 
I give you myself before preaching or law: 
Will you give me yourself? 
Will you come travel with me? 
Shall we stick by each other as long as we live?"

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