Sizes range from 22–23.5″ x 34–38″
ROAR! is a series of 61 letterpress printed posters. This concept developed out of my adoration for typography, design, the letterpress process and my four-year old daughter, Kesey.
My daughter is always engaged in some form of art. Whether she is drawing, painting, coloring or making crafts, she is experiencing the arts. At times, Kesey will sing or speak out the pictures she is creating. One afternoon, I decided to record this behavior. Her tender voice would tell the elaborate and imaginary story as the pen gave her thoughts a visual presence. At other times, she was silent.
The image I printed was from one of her silent drawings of a dinosaur head that was clearly shouting. I asked her to describe to me what the dinosaur was yelling about. The words represent how she told the story to me. They are a record of her voice — a narrative.
She was the content contributor for this piece and I was the designer. I communicated her inflection through the typographic choices that were made. As the viewer reads her words, they are hearing them as she said them. I have given my child’s voice a space and place to be heard.
These posters embody far more than just a child telling a story and me interpreting it for the audience. They are objects that exemplify exploration, research and the process of applying form to content while always considering the meaning.
They represent the importance of encouraging children to create and invent. They show the power of imagination and the strength of connecting of ideas.
These graphic design artifacts are now a narrative of our time together. They are remnants of an afternoon that we shared — physical pieces of a moment in time.
No two posters are the same, from the paper stock to the ink and even where the dinosaur appears — if he even appears at all. I used both wood and metal type. It took about 7 hours to set the type on the press bed. The actual printing took about 15 hours, not including clean-up. These are the largest posters printed on the Vandercook in the Abycedium Press at Ohio University.