Warp-face, a paper + print preservation project by Duncan Eldridge
I love paper. I also believe there’s still a place for paper in a digital age, provided it’s made right. It can’t just be meh paper, it should offer something that a screen can’t: character, texture, be unpredictable even.
I don’t like paper that lies – you’ve probably seen it – that coated sheet full of bleach that has faux craft texture print and a matt laminate, to make you think it’s saving the planet. Paper should be honest, and if it has a story, tell it.
Warp-face is essentially a preservation project. Born out of a desire to preserve old paper and print making techniques for future generations, while hopefully helping preserve our planet for future generations too.
This year I’ve been collaborating with artisan denim brands, making paper from their waste fabric, and hand cutting wood type to print on it, using traditional letterpress.
I should emphasize this is anything but a slick operation, and I’m still learning, but that’s part of the attraction: playing around, experimenting, making mess, making mistakes. Making things the slow way, the hard way, but the right way for Warp-face.
Find Duncan Eldridge on Instagram if you’d like to know more.