Nuns Looking at Mobiles

I haven’t posted in awhile, but couldn’t resist sharing this photo of some nuns examining the work of Alexander Calder.

Nuns and Calder

It’s from the Archives of American Art.

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Printing auf Deutsch

A friend of mine visited from Germany last week and I taught her how to letterpress. We tried to work our way around the lack of umlauts and ßs to print a few things in German.  danke cards

Moira McCauley

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Books for Saturday’s Valentine event

I’ve been sewing up some nice little books made from my stash of Valentine-y cover papers and filled with handmade paper I made awhile back.

Here are a few:

handmade books

I’ll have them at Nana this Saturday from 11am-5pm, plus vintage valentines, my own cards, and lots of letterpressed love letters.

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Nana Valentine Sale February 9

heartNana DC is hosting a Handmade Valentine Mart Saturday, February 9 in Mt. Pleasant, DC. Stop by to pick up a Valentine card by yours truly, a silver money clip, or one of many other items for someone special.

Can’t make it?  Visit my online shop now to stock up on Valentines or calling cards or visit Pleasant Plains Workshop!

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Typeface Film and Fundraiser for the Hamilton Wood Type Museum Tomorrow!

typeAIGA DC and the Corcoran Design Department present the documentary Typeface tomorrow at the Corcoran (6:30pm).

This is a fundraiser for the Hamilton Wood Type Museum, which is being forced to vacate its building. I’ll be at the event selling my letterpressed items and donating a portion of the proceeds to the museum. Please join us for this excellent documentary!

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Vintage Valentine Collection

In 2002 I stumbled on an estate sale in southern Virginia and started my collection of antique Valentines. Here’s one of those, postmarked Feb 15, 1929:

1929 Valentine

Later I was given a huge box of valentines my mother and her siblings had given and received in the 40s and 50s. Now I’ve decided to set aside a few of my favorites and let go of the rest.  Stay tuned to hear about a couple events in Washington, DC where I’ll be selling these vintage beauties!


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Valentines for sale in my shop!

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Stocking Stuffer: Calling Cards

A fun mini-present for your single friends: flirty calling cards.

calling cards

Find them in my Etsy shop or at Present Day, the pop-up shop of locally made gifts at Pleasant Plains Workshop, 2608 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington, DC.

This Sequential Crush post on images of telephones in comics reminded me.


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Printing in Germany

I took a trip to Germany in October.  Walking down the street in Hamburg I stumbled on a collection of letterpress accoutrements:

Hamburg letterpress

Hamburg letterpress

Hamburg letterpress

Fun to see these items in the country that is the birthplace of moveable type!

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Fall for the Book Festival at GMU

I got an email last month from one of the organizers of the Fall for the Book Festival opening September 26 at George Mason University.  In addition to featuring some big names in contemporary literature (Alice Walker, Rita Dove, Neil Gaiman, Michael Chabon, etc.), the festival also includes an exhibition of artist books!

Espresso Pot 6 Ways by Laura Davidson

Espresso Pot 6 Ways by Laura Davidson, held at the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives

Here’s what they say:

Artist Books

Fenwick Library, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA

Experimental, amusing, or beautiful, books as works of art form intersections between image and text. They may include books with handmade bindings or letter-press printing, books in the shape of triangles, or sculptures. Difficult to define, they are best experienced in person. Hosted by the University Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives at Fenwick Library, the exhibition will open with a reception on Wednesday, September 26, from 3:30-5 p.m. General exhibition hours Sept. 26-30: Wednesday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-midnight.

I asked about public transportation and this is what the organizer had to say:

I think the Mason Shuttles require a Mason ID, but the CUE buses run on a pretty regular schedule, and they take SmartTrip cards (less than a dollar a ride); the Gold or Green Line, route 1 in either case, seems to be the most direct, from the Vienna Metro Station (the closest to campus) at the end of the Orange line.

The easiest way to plan your route is to use the Metro Trip Planner form: Type in “George Mason University-Fairfax” in the “To” field (and make sure you get Fairfax in there (since there’s an Arlington campus to confuse things)), and that’ll let you know which bus to take at the time you’ll be arriving.

I’ll be headed to Germany that night so unfortunately I’ll miss the fun.

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