The name Ed Ruscha will be familiar to many in the book arts world. Tonight’s flick from Breakwater Studios is a short of Ruscha having his 2015 ‘print’ Zoot Soot die cut at Aardvark Letterpress in Los Angeles.
Here’s a shot of a finished copy.
I guess if you are Ed Ruscha, work sells quickly.
I hope he paid the folks at Aardvark handsomely.
All that is really just a lead-in to suggesting you spend some time this weekend looking at at least one other short film by Breakwater. I recommend ink&paper (9:10), interviews from the last paper store and the last letterpress printer (Aardvark Letterpress) in downtown Los Angeles. (I checked: they are both still in business 6 years after the film was made. Link to McManus and Morgan here, Aardvark Letterpress here.)
If you have another 10 minutes, you might also want to watch Stone, an interview/portrait of Canada’s one and only female restoration stone cutter, Heather Lawson.