Genevieve PM Roy
LitographsLitographs are prints that are created from the text of classic books.
Since childhood one of my favorite leisure activities was to cuddle up in bed or on the sofa with a book or two and escape to another realm of reality where daring adventures, dashing heroes and distant lands await at every page. As an adult, I`m still quite the avid book worm and my current library is filled to the brim with a collection of both modern and time held classics such as Anna Karenina, War and Peace, The Metamorphosis, Dracula and The Great Gastby. Even when I travel, I always make sure to carry a book or two with me for the journey.
For those who do not own these classics but who wish to add them to their library or read them during their stay in the city, Montreal has a vast array of chain bookstores such as Chapters / Indigo or Coles, conveniently located on St Catherine street, that hold several editions of the great masterpieces for a reasonable price. For those looking to borrow or browse, Montreal also boasts an impressive National Library: Bibliotheque et Archives Nationales du Quebec, (BAnQ) , where you can choose from a wide selection of thousands of prints and different media.
When nostalgia hits or especially when a new movie based on a novel is soon to be released, (Such as the recent release of Anna Karenina or the Great Gatsby in May 2013), I find great pleasure in rediscovering old classics and reliving the magic of another`s persons thoughts, life and discoveries. I have recently discovered a fascinating company that literally makes you wear a piece of the adventure:
Litograph is an innovative print company that takes the process of owning and living a piece of the adventure one step further; Litographs are prints that are created from the text of classic books. The company has gained recognition for printing almost entire novels on beautiful black & white and colored posters offered in two sizes for your home or office. There's just something special about having such a tangible connection with a book.
The image designs of each poster are themselves veritable works of art, as the projected image, (selected from a key moment in the novel), is composed entirely of text from any book chosen from the public domain.
Recently, the company founder Danny Fein has decided to venture into the apparel market. I couldn't resist being interested in their new T-shirt collection line! Combining both fashion and literacy is quite a bold way to make a statement and literally wear your favorite book on your sleeve.
For their new line of t-shirts, the company has joined forces with with an incredible screen printing shop; Sharprint, (they do the majority of Threadless' tees) to bring book lovers a truly unique t-shirt, using specialized designs and processes that push the limits of screen printed t-shirts.
For both their t-shirts and posters, the material is printed "all-over" which means that the design - the text from each book - covers every inch of paper or fabric. The text is sharp and fully legible. You can see the actual size of the text by viewing any of their numerous available designs on the company’s website.
Litographs t-shirts come in both unisex crew t-shirts, and women's deep v-necks. As a 6 feet tall and somewhat curvy female, I wore and tested an XL, women’s v-neck Great Gatsby model. I found the t-shirt to be very figure flattering and the material was easy to wash and was soft and light to the touch. The design wraps around the t-shirt nicely and is visually eye-catching. To my delight, I have been receiving quite a few compliments on my choice of t-shirt and I have to admit that they do make a great discussion opener with other literature lovers around the city !
All-over screen printing, done manually, is not completely flawless. You might notice that there are some slight imperfections in the type print or on the seams of their shirts. It's unavoidable and practically undetectable when the shirts are worn. These small inconsistencies give the shirts a unique character and it is great to know that no two shirts are exactly alike.
On his site, Danny explains that “With apparel screen printing, one always has to be mindful of an image being printed over or very close to seams and stitching. Anytime an image hits a seam or is very close to hitting a seam, ink deposit inconsistencies are possible and should be expected and accepted. Certain seams cause worse inconsistencies, but all seams run the risk of causing imperfect prints.”
I find it very appealing that Litograph is a proud partners with the International Book Bank and they are committed to sending one new, high-quality book to a community in need for each poster and t-shirt they sell. This only enhances my opinion that the company is not only offering their customers a unique and tangible connection to their favorite piece of literature, but also fulfilling their mission of commitment to promote literacy, both at home, in their local community and abroad.
At the moment six t-shirt designs are available with new releases coming out soon !
For more information please visit : http://www.litographs.com/collections/t-shirts
For those interested in reacquainting themselves with some of the great literary classics, The National Library is centrally located near Berri UQAM metro station:
For those looking to purchase a classic:
Chapters: 1171 Sainte-Catherine St W, Montreal,
Coles: 625 Sainte-Catherine St W Montreal
Whether on books, posters or even t-shirts....Happy Reading !