Adams Morgan Day this Sunday

Adams Morgan Day is this Sunday, September 9, 2012 and I’ll have a booth at Arts on Belmont (Belmont St. between 18th St. and Columbia Rd. NW in Washington, DC) with Julia of Orange Tabby Press and Melanie from Grey Moggie Press. 10am-7pm.  See you there!

Arts on Belmont

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We exult in what we master and discover

Anaïs Nin

I just learned that Anaïs Nin printed Winter of Artifice herself.  From Volume 3 of her diary:

The relationship to handcraft is a beautiful one. You are related bodily to a solid block of metal letters, to the weight of the trays, to the adroitness of spacing, to the tempo and temper of the machine. You acquire some of the weight and solidity of the metal, the strength and power of the machine. Each triumph is a conquest by the body, fingers, muscles. You live with your hands, in acts of physical deftness.

You pit your faculties against concrete problems. The victories are concrete, definable, touchable. A page of perfect printing. You can touch the page you wrote. We exult in what we master and discover. Instead of using one’s energy in a void, against frustrations, in anger against publishers, I use it on the press, type, paper, a source of energy. Solving problems, technical, mechanical problems. Which can be solved.

If I pay no attention, then I do not lock the tray properly, and when I start printing the whole tray of letters falls into the machine. The words which first appeared in my head, out of the air, take body. Each letter has a weight. I can weigh each word again, to see if it is the right one.

 

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Adams Morgan Day

Adams Morgan Day is happening September 9, 2012 and I’ll have a booth at Arts on Belmont (Belmont St. between 18th St. and Columbia Rd. NW in Washington, DC) with Julia of Orange Tabby Press! We’ll also be showing the work of Melanie from Grey Moggie Press. 10am-7pm.

Arts on Belmont

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The Just

A man who cultivates his garden, as Voltaire wished.
He who is grateful for the existence of music.
He who takes pleasure in tracing an etymology.
Two workmen playing, in a café in the South,
a silent game of chess.
The potter, contemplating a color and a form.
The typographer who sets this page well,
though it may not please him.
A woman and a man, who read the last tercets
of a certain canto.
He who strokes a sleeping animal.
He who justifies, or wishes to, a wrong done him.
He who is grateful for the existence of a Stevenson.
He who prefers others to be right.
These people, unaware, are saving the world.

Jorge Luis Borges, “The Just”

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Love old book smell

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Type City

Artist Hong Seon Jang has created sculptural cities from letterpress type.

type citycity2city3city4

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Invitations

for my sister’s wedding:

invites

 

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Mom in the Printshop

I had a special print assistant yesterday, my mom:

printing with momWe printed my sister’s wedding invitations, and they turned out beautifully!

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A 10-minute love story

Ready for Valentine’s Day?  This might get you in the mood:

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I’ve been filling orders for Long Distance Love cards all week!  Get one quick if you want to send it in time for V-day.

long distance love

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Anatomical Quilling

Lisa Nilsson makes amazing anatomical cross-sections using the technique of quilling:

quilling

quilling

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