Your Banana Needs You by Shuby is a letterpress print which is a different printing process from many of the prints on our site. So we thought we should give you some more detail on just how much work goes into creating this type of print.
The letterpress printing process has a very long history. It was invented by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century and revolutionised printing leading to an explosion of books and newspapers. It was such a good method that it remained in wide use until the late 20th century.
Shuby worked with Adam's of Rye to produce her letter press print. Adam's of Rye is one of the last working letter press printers in the UK and the people who run it have over 25 years of experience.
As you can see from the images below it is a complex process involving arranging the type and image (both mirror images of what you want to come out) inking the blocks up and then running it all through the impressive looking printing press. To bring out the best in letterpress printing, printers must understand the capabilities and advantages of what can be a very unforgiving medium, but the results have a touch of quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other contemporary printing methods.
Because you can only use one colour at a time in the letterpress Shuby then had 3 extra plates for the banana made in order to create the colour section. So what looks like a simple print has a huge amount of work going into to it, making it a print well worth cherishing and putting on your walls.
If you are interested in this style of printing we also have letter press prints available from Wasted & Wounded.