Friday, August 24, 2012
Fitzgerald Letterpress agreed to give a demonstration about how to operate a Heidelberg Windmill, which is motorized press with a mesmerizing arm motion. Also, it is the favored press among small, artisan letterpress shops. It seemed like a good idea that I know how to use it or, at least recognize how it operates. Unfortunately, I have no photos of that or of the fried green tomatoes and poached eggs with grits I ate while talking shop with John and Kathryn. But John is also generous enough to share his shop with me for 2 days so I can print the next Keep Writing before leaving for California. I set type for hours this afternoon and am very excited to see how it looks on paper, or chipboard as it may be. Notice the lack of straight set type...all handset at angles. ones I sent from Spain 2 months ago. Soon, soon I will have an address and a workshop.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thursday, August 16, 2012
my etsy store that have been waiting for you. Like these cards that were sitting in storage all lonely. And these handmade nests Jud watched me make a few winters ago, a little nervously, like a tic, in my back yard as I insisted everything was okay. here. Or not. Jeremy also makes sea monster bags and was one of the awesomest to me when I was not so awesome. Good night, good friends.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
images of postcards I printed in Italy. Also I have been sorting through my secret stash and posting things on etsy for sale, including a deal for subscribing to Keep Writing. Until September 10th, you can get nine months of postcards for the price of six. Barcelona (approximately half a life ago). However, I was happy to visit John Fitzgerald at his shop. He allowed me to print the text for this month's postcard and may even let me back so I can print one more Louisiana postcard. As you will see, I did not print the image side of this one, but bought 140 postcards while in Europe, mostly in Italy, almost all of them of places I visited. Some are awesome photo collages of major sites, some are weird light pre-photoshop fancies...you will have to wait and see what you get. They will go in the mail today. Red Metal. If it sounds like New Orleans is trying to woo me to stay, don't worry, a giant cockroach flew into head last night while riding around. Thank you for the sense of equilibrium, New Orleans.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
ilfant press was on a panel about exploring possibilities of handset type. I took three pages of notes including a reminder to ask her for her slides demonstrating some of the techniques. She says she will post some of them on her website soon.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Ladies of Letterpresss Conference. I missed last years and it was a good excuse to sit for hours in a car with two wonderful ladies of Blackbird Letterpress. First stop: the giant inflatable peach in north Georgia for fresh peaches, fried pies, and hot boiled peanuts. Mink Press, who had recently moved into a backyard studio and had a baby and was still willing to host us in her backyard, offering edible treats and artist trading cards to inspire other letterpress printers to begin trading the tiny cards. 7 Ton Press, a collective of printers including Beth Schaibel, who I met at Penland 4 years ago and was happy to meet again since I had been admiring her work all over Asheville. Hand Cranked Letterpress, a printshop located in an exquisitely decorated home with a tempting pool. Of course they used to live in New Orleans, where beautiful clutter is recognized as display of unique collections. Yes, there was a disco ball in the press room. All this on the first day! More tomorrow.