New video featuring the Dogs & Stars letterpress print shop!Shot and edited by Adam Concannon. This is a really well-done video. Adam did such a nice job with the format and style. Hope you enjoy!
After a summer of printing over at the Book Arts League the show is finally here.Over the course of 4 all-day printing sessions I got together 18 new 12.5" x 19" prints for sale. And I also did my usual overprinting for make ready or for the sole purpose of creating (hopefully) cool test prints as well.The reception is tonight at the Collective (201 N. Public Road, Lafayette CO) from 6-8pm. And the show runs through Sept. 29!I hope to see ya there tonight!
In an earlier post I noted that I commissioned local woodworker Rifkin Design to create some frames for my show. In total I had 20 made and that kind of set my goal in motion to create as many pieces. I didn't have any ideas when I started, but things are starting to work out and come together. I love how these frames came out, as well as match the aesthetic of letterpress. Each frame is unique a little, same as a letterpress printed piece.
I'm loving how some of the test prints are coming out!I'll likely include a handful in the upcoming show I'm in at the Lafayette Collective on Aug. 23 from 6pm-8pm. More info here.
I’m excited to partner with @rifkindesign for a set of 20 handmade frames for my upcoming show at the Collective in Lafayette. Abe is a woodworker and architect based out of Lafayette and he was actually a star barista when I owned a bakery a lifetime ago! The frames will be made from plywood and will have a super cool look to them that lends itself well to letterpress. The reception for the show is Friday, August 23 from 6-8pm.It’s a small group show with @arubymoon2 & @book.arts.league (where I am kinda pulling double duty as I print and volunteer...
Stoked to announce an upcoming print show I’ll be a part of at the The Collective Community Arts Center here in Lafayette! Along with the Book Arts League & Jen Grant we’ll be taking over the space for 6 weeks in mid-late August - details are still being ironed out. I’m also pleased as punch to partner with Mohawk! I’ll be focusing on printing larger scale wood type pieces with some Lafayette historical context as well as experimental pieces. All of which are yet to be realized. So if you see my muse running around, HMU. 😉 https://www.facebook.com/LafayetteCollective/
These are some snaps from one of my favorite type cases. It contains antique cuts and borders and also modern-made ones using both laser or pantograph cutting to produce them — as well as type scraps from the modern processes, which can be used as a replacement "I" or a border or other creative ideas one might have.Modern wood type resourcesMoore Wood TypeVirgin Wood Type
For many, letterpress is a bit of a mystery. I get it — I was once there!You know you love it, but what is it and how best to place an order for a letterpress printed project?You can always email me, of course, but for starters I started a FAQ page that I hope website visitors will find helpful! If you have any suggestions that would help, just shoot me an email. Click here to check out the FAQ page!
This week I am leading a workshop with 7th and 8th grade art students and have been needing a good excuse to get some Printer's Devil stickers printed up. A printer's devil was an apprentice in a printing establishment who performed a number of tasks, such as mixing tubs of ink and fetching type. A number of notable men served as printer's devils in their youth, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Lyndon Johnson and tons more. — WikipidiaFeel free to contact me to see if I have any stickers to send out. Ya never know.
For a recent valentine's greeting card (sold only at East Simpson Coffee) I used some wood type from my modest collection. Sometimes, I get away from my roots of printing just for the heck of it as I get too caught up in the business of printing. Boooo!But for this 3 color greeting card I let the type do the talking. I didn't worry a ton about all the things that can usually drive me crazy for a commercial job. The colors overlayed nicely and I know my designers want to try and recreate this for digital work, but there...
Whenever I have been asked about whether or not I think a blog is a good idea, I usually tell people it's great if you: Keep the content relevant and interesting post regularly I thought, well, "Self, you can surely post at least once a month."Not so fast. I think the in age of Instagram and Facebook, logging into a website on a desktop, no less (!) seems ancient and a huge undertaking. In some ways, based in comparison it is.To my credit, the week after my last post my wife and I had a baby! However, to at least...
I've been working on designing a bunch of letterpress calling card templates. 16 designs in total. This is something I have been wanting to do for quite some time.I will have legit letterpress printed versions photographed soon, but for now the digital versions are all that I have available.If you are interested in winning 100 of your very own, click here to enter!