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« on: September 20, 2004 04:36:10 PM »

Since I'd never done a stenciled tshirt before, I thought I'd warm up for the Stenciled TShirt Swap (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=12413.0)  by creating a Tshirt for a friend of mine, who is a graphic designer and a huge nerd about it (like me).

This is one of Jan Tschichold. His favorite typographer.
The shirt is a little more yellow than it appears in these photos.

And here's a detail of the stencil:

The image is acryllic paint with fabric medium, and the stencil itself was an overhead projector transparency sheet (easy to cut, and reusable!). The paint got into all the nooks and crannies of the stencil well, though a lot of the smaller areas bled together more than I was expecting.  It must still look like him though, my friend recognized him immediately.

I'm just sad I couldn't cut out the lettering accurately enough at that small size to write something on it. I wanted to put repeating rows of "form follows function" behind the portrait, but alas, 'twas not meant to be. We also discussed the added impact of writing the word "typographer" just below the portrait...*sigh*..

I'm happy with it, and the lessons learned will definately make Ysolda a happy camper after however long it takes to mail a tshirt across the Atlantic.

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2004 04:55:03 PM »

Love it! I'm a big fan of stuff that's totally obscure, at least to the uniinitiated. My father used to have a Thurber shirt that had a similar effect, though without the hand-crafted coolness of yours. Nice work!

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2004 12:10:27 PM »

Thanks. I was quite inspired by the Thoreau stencil I saw here (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11489.0), which I saw a while ago and couldn't stop laughing about every time I thought of it. I didn't think this image of Mr. Tschichold could command the entire front of a shirt the way that one of Thoreau can, but couldn't resist his expression.

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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2004 08:13:47 PM »

just thought i'd share that you & yr friend have company being typographic nerds... i'm totally obsessed. actually, right now i'm reading a "typographic workbook"... for fun!  the shirt looks great. and i agree with trufflegirl, obscurity takes the cake.
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« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2004 05:52:04 AM »

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!  Speaking of the fairly obscure, my husband plays the oboe and would love a tee with Gomberg on it!

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