Uncover a New Year - A Perpetual Calendar 8x14 | Reusable / Utrecht, The Netherlands
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This calendar was digitally printed from my original hand-printed linocut images and letterpress page layouts. The concept was inspired by the opportunity to live in The Netherlands for 2 years, where I reconnected with my Dutch heritage and travelled widely across Europe, documenting through photography the beautiful & historical urban details I encountered along the way - such as these manhole covers, which I later turned into linocut souvenirs.
A verjaardagskalender is a traditional Dutch birthday calendar - which is often hung in a home's bathroom! - so it seemed fitting that my calendar take that format. While it was designed as a perpetual calendar, to be used year after year to keep track of birthdays, wedding anniversaries and other yearly special occasions, it can of course also be used as an annual calendar, if you so choose! I hope you will “Uncover a New Year” in whichever way is meaningful to you.
Individual Image Sizes: Cover – 5” x 5” / Individual months - 4” x 4”
Calendar Paper Size: 8” x 14”, with black metal spiral binding and hanger at top
Paper Type: 100 lb. Classic Crest Eggshell, with heavy stock black paper backer
PROCESS | Hand-carved linoleum plates were created over many months in 2020-2021, then hand-printed along with antique metal letterpress type using relief printmaking inks using a Showcard proof press. Relief printmaking is a handmade technique and therefore slight variations in ink opacity and texture can occur, adding to the character of the printed work.
My original hand-printed page layouts were then scanned to be digitally printed and commercially bound, as I don’t have the physical capacity, equipment or facilities required to do so working alone in my basement studio! Many thanks to Type A Print Inc. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for helping to make this project a high-quality reality!