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|