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TypeCon 2006

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

RPP friend Colin points out yet another interesting MassArt-sponsored letterpress-related event this weekend: TypeCon 2006: “The Boston T Party”. Co-sponsors of the event are The Society of Typographic Aficionados and Museum of Printing in North Andover, Mass. There are other sponsors of smaller point sizes

MassArt letterpress exhibition

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Some interesting letterpress-related stuff going on at the Massachusetts College of Art. An exhibition that started today: For the Love of Letters “30 Years of Letterpress Printing at MassArt”, running until August 19, 2006, with an opening on the 11th.

That’s actually convenient for me, because on the 11th, I’m starting the Letterpress Fundamentals Workshop. I was originally on the wait list, but (I think) I’m in! Very excited about this. I’ve really only learned what I know from books, manuals, and very informally, from other people. It’s also going to be a good chance to get my hands on a press (I believe they have a Vandercook) that is out of my current price and space limitations.

Their catalog mentioned that they have a new book arts studio, but I haven’t been able to find more about it. I also hope to report back on that after the class.

Print Arts Fair 2006

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

20060620 039I made it to the Third Annual Print Arts Fair at the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts, last weekend. They had a pretty impressive collection of equipment, and I’m certainly going to make it a priority to get back there sometime when it’s not quite as hot and crowded and I can take some time to look at some of what they have.

They had a Linotype machine up and working, and I got my name cast in hot lead. I took some quick video on my digital camera of the process, but I should probably edit it together and rotate it before I post it. This is what three finished lines of Linotype looks like:
Lines o' Linotype

The exhibitors included some people whose cards I’ve seen and admired at Bob Slate, including B Designs and Jesse Marsolais (the name of whose press escapes me, and is not mentioned on his card (Update: it’s Smudge Ink; see the comment below)). I also talked to Ed Rayher from Swamp Press, who does monotype casting; I think I may actually have bought some of his Christmas borders at Letterpress Things last year. I bought a really beautiful little book of haiku that he had printed on translucent paper.

I also bought some silver ink from someone who was selling gear. I really wanted some of this for the beer mats I did for The Hyphens earlier this year: I thought their logo would really have looked good metallic ink. I guess I still have the cut, so I can see.

It seemed like there were a lot of people from Somerville walking around. Heck, a few days earlier I picked up a flyer for this event at the Someday Cafe. Maybe I should join up with the Cambridge-based Letterpress Guild of New England?

Also giving demonstrations (and also Somerville-based) were Muskat Studios who do lithography.

Museum of Printing’s Third Print Arts Fair

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

The Museum of Printing in North Andover Massachusetts is having its third Print Arts Fair on June 18, 2006.

Here are some reports from last year’s fair. (Note that this year’s sheep shearing exhibition does not coincide with the print fair.)