A story in photos on the making of letterpress labels for a set of semaphore flags representing the VIA Character Strengths and Virtues.
California Job Cases of lead type.
Setting type in the composing stick, which for an Indistrial Age metal contraption, is amazingly ergonomic.
The type locked up with wooden furniture and ingenious locking quoins.
The printed labels.
Label assembly. There are 24 character strengths in all.
Labels are sewn onto cotton twill tape that forms the hoist end of each flag.
Each flag is sewn from linen and features an interpretive, abstract icon appliqued in ribbon.
The first five prototype flags.
The semaphores alongside other projects at the Open Studio