¶ GERALD GIAMPA designed and printed this cover for the ATF Newsletter on Barcham Greene hand made paper. The paper is thick like a pie crust, the texture is sensual. The border is composed of a suite of printers' ornaments.
Multiple press runs require multiple form splits. This monumental work using printers' ornaments took five press runs.
The paper was extremely hard on type often smashing characters which needed constant replacing That is not what a pressman wants when running hairline registration with such a large form. See photograph of the ATF Catalogue with printers ornaments.
¶ Gerald Giampa is especially original in his choice and combination of various coloured inks, and also in the skill with which he eliminates parts of a flower in order to obtain a simpler and more striking effect. He super-imposes colours with great subtlety, so that they blend in the most harmonious way. He succeeds because he plans his effects with meticulous care. His handling of printers' flowers combines knowledge and skill with taste and judgement. So my final typographical bouquet goes to the printer of these lines, to whom the words of the prophet Ezekiel (8:20) can be aptly applied: "As for the beauty of his ornament, he set it in majesty."
JOHN DREYFUS II Printing Historian
¶ He is a very adroit and gifted craftsman especially in the way of using typographic elements in new, original, and pleasing ways.
PAUL HAYDEN DUENSING II Typefounder
¶ His typographical taste and colour sense are outstanding. His use of ornament is unparalleled and has been compared with that of Bruce Rogers. He is a fine pressman and compositor, and is well practiced in the operation and maintenance of Monotype casting machines.
JIM RIMMER II Type Designer
¶ Gerald is a skilled and experienced letterpress printer. For example, he contributed a multi-color cover for one of the ATF publications that was a marvel of both the typefounding and printing arts.
STAN NELSON II Smithsonian Institution
¶ He is a letterpress printer of great skill. His work with printers ornaments is, I believe, unsurpassed among contemporary printers.