Sunday, June 10, 2007

a man in an apron.

Join many fabulous printers, printing enthusiasts, and moi (of course) at the Printer's Fair the coming weekend.

Here's what the Letterpress Guild has to say:

Sunday, June 17, 2007 – 10am - 4pm – Free Admission
The Museum of Printing
800 Massachusetts Avenue
North Andover, Massachusetts 01845

Gardner LePoer (aka the man in the apron!), Director of the Museum of Printing, invites you to attend the fourth annual Printing Arts Fair, held at the Museum across from the town common.

Sponsored by the Letterpress Guild of New England, the Fair benefits the Museum of Printing. Vendors of cards, stationery, decorative papers, books, crafts, and letterpress printing equipment, include the Albertine Press, B Designs, Carta Inc., Swamp Press, Sea Dog Press, and the Green Mountain Letterpress, among others. Explore the museum. Have your personalized stationery custom printed with your name cast on a Linotype machine. The Fair offers ongoing demonstrations of the printing arts and a raffle.

Activities for kids include a print-it-yourself turn on a press and punching out names on an old-fashioned stencil machine. Kids can also make a card for Father's Day.

The Museum of Printing is dedicated to preserving the history of the graphic arts, printing equipment and printing craftsmanship. In addition to many special collections and small exhibits, the museum contains hundreds of antique printing, typesetting and bindery machines, as well as a library of books and printing related documents.

I realize that sounds rather dry, but last year I had a really good time, and got to meet lots of other printers, as well as see cool demos of machines and techniques I'd never attempt in my dizziest daydreams.

Friday, June 01, 2007

hot hot hot

Hot days call for extreme measures. Since I'm not quite ready for hot days yet, my extreme measures involve laying flat on my back in the middle of my studio, in front of the open door, watching the crabapple tree and hoping for a breeze.

And sometimes updating my blog.

So, two quick things for today: a new "section" on blog--Upcoming Events--about the cool letterpress & bookbinding stuff you'll find me doing over the next month. Please note that I *still* have open spots for next weekend's "Experience the Letterpress Thing" workshop, so if you've always wanted's the time. Not convinced yet? Check out the photos from past workshops and you will be!
And if you are a new letterpresser, and want some new type to work with, check out the "Starter Sets" on the M&H Type website, along with cool videos and tours of their casting & bindery facilities.