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Tartan Alphabet Machine

The Tartan Alphabet Machine is a code project that takes a word or simple phrase as a starting point, and analyses the width of each letter. It then algorithmically assigns a colour group to each width, and uses these combined outputs to create a unique tartan pattern.


For this series of prints, some of our favourite Ivor Cutler poem titles were used as the seed for the Tartan Alphabet Machine. A small spot illustration for each was created separately, and colours were chosen to reflect the poems’ themes: trees, bees, teas and chicken. 

A5 Riso prints: Three colour (hunter green, burgundy and fluo orange). Printed on 250gsm natural paper

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