Friday, April 3, 2015

Got some sun!

My family went to Florida during the March break. When he heard I was heading to Florida to visit my sister Don Black put me in touch with Bridget Elmer, the studio coordinator of the Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Centre at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota! Bridget was kind enough to make time to meet me one morning at the centre which is the new home of Hal and Judilee Sterne's old letterpress studio. Bridget also invited me to attend the Ned Drew  lecture and reception that was happening the following night and to drop in on his workshop in the RCLBAC the day after that! Ned Drew is a Graphic Designer. He is the head of the Graphic Design Program at Rutgers and Professor part-time at the Pratt Institute. He is also a lover of type and letterpress and incorporates letterpress into his personal work!

"The Letterpress and Book Arts Center was established at the Ringling College of Art and Design in May of 2011, with the acquisition of Harold and Judilee Sterne’s studio. Harold "Hal" Sterne, who passed away in 2010, began printing at the age of 14 and is a central figure in the history of letterpress printing and equipment preservation. Hal co-founded NA Graphics with Tom Bell and purchased Vandersons (previously Vandercook & Sons) just days before the company was scheduled to close its doors. As Fritz Klinke (current owner of NA Graphics) explains, if it weren't for Hal, "we would have nothing in the way of support for these presses today."

Images from the Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Centre's workshop with Ned Drew during March Break.

Bridget Elmer(in apron) at the Universal Press.

Ned Drew, Guest Artist

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Workshop Info.

Just a note to say that the studio will be closed on the following Fridays.
Friday Jan. 16th, 23rd, 30th and Feb. 6th. 

AND ...

New ABCs workshop posted beginning Thursday February 5th.
More information on the Workshops page.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 OCADU Book Arts Fair

My daughter manning our table while I look around

Jeff! of Jackson Creek Press

Margot of Pomegranite  Letterpress
and Xavier, relief printmaker
and animal lover

George Walker
(and the lovely Michelle who hid behind a display)

Screen prints by a collection of OCAD Printmaking students

Nat and her wares from Montreal

Cards and tags from the Holiday Letterpress Workshop

Students, please mind your Ps and Qs (and Ds and Bs)

Using the Mini Showcard to print on silver foil tags

Wood type maker's marks

Hamilton Wood Type
Two Rivers Wis

Morgans Wilcox Co.
Middletown, N.Y.

Wm. H. Page & Co.
Greeneville Ct

American W.T.C.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Letterpress Workshop

Come and letterpress print your own Christmas cards and gift tags! We’ll have four presses set up with holiday cuts, engravings and type from the studio collection for you to print from.  Each participant will get 15 high quality Crane Lettra 5”x5” white cards and matching envelopes and 15 gift tags to print on.
*$45.00 plus HST
Sun. Dec. 7th, 1 pm – 4 pm or Wed. Dec. 10th 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yay! Letterpress cards and tags from the most recent Ladies of Letterpress swap!
two Canadian presses, one Australian pres and a bunch of American presses.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Recent photos

Albert is working on a design for a large-ish post card to advertise the studio !
New Birthday cards for the shop.

Student's lock up on the Craftsman Press.

KOZO Studio!

Lines of metal type set (and about to be re-distributed) by a student in the ABCs of Letterpress class.

ABCs of Letterpress student tying up their form for storage until next week!

S. Printing on Cookie the Vandercook SP15.

Ugh! Time to put all that metal type back.

Broadsides set in metal type and printed on the Craftsman press!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Workshops

Yay! I have posted the fall workshop dates! Thankfully Albert has agreed to teach some more workshops so both of us will be teaching and making use of the studio. To see the dates and details click on the tab at the top labelled 'Workshops'.

Now, here are some photos of the wee one that has kept me away from the studio for a while. That is her, below, napping in a photo tray at the studio.

She is very good natured but a bit demanding and loud. Before she was born I had the idea that I would be able to work at the studio while she quietly slept and would just have to take breaks from working for breastfeeding and diaper changes. That was what it was like with my first one! She was so quiet I was actually worried about her at one point! Apparently our first child was not a normal baby. Normal babies cry quite a bit and are a bit more demanding of your time. Not good for working at the studio. I also experienced Post Partum Depression which also wasn't great for getting back to work. My husband took time off of work and this summer I started going back to the studio a bit at a time. Life is a bit more normal and predictable now. Our newborn that cried normally is now 10 months old and now she chatters away non-stop. She even does this while she is sleeping! She is a joy and constant source of amusement to us and her big sister  and starting in November you will probably be able to meet her at the studio!