Dear Made by Good readers,

It’s been awhile. And by awhile, I mean a couple of years! But now, I’m back. I am now officially a Master of Fine Arts (or at least my diploma says so). So, now that school is over, I’ve decided to start blogging again. Same format, same subjects, a bit of a new look.

I graduated in May and it has been a wild ride since then. I was lucky to get hired almost right off the bat as a photographer for a book dealer specializing in fine press books and artists’ books. That means that I’ve had the great pleasure to spend many a day surrounded by books, some really rare and sometimes really valuable books. It’s been such a treat. Not only do I get to photograph the books but I get to spend a lot of time handling them, looking through them, and appreciating every detail. It also means that I’ve gotten to learn more about some great presses and what they do/did. Presses I’ve learned about include Arion PressBlack Sparrow Books, Perishable Press, and Yolla Bolly Press.

In addition to my photography work I’ve been performing some much needed maintenance on my Kelsey Excelsior table top press to get some printing going at home. Note – 3 in One oil is the most effective press maintenance tool I’ve discovered so far. Unfortunately the poor thing got neglected almost the whole time I was in grad school, overshadowed by the plethora of much larger Vandercook presses I had access to everyday. But it is nearly ready to go and that means that I’ll be able to pick back up where I left off with my Etsy store. I’m really excited about being a self sufficient maker even if it means working on my tiny press.

I’m looking forward to getting back into blogging (and being more aware of all the great book and paper stuff going on out there – hooray!) and hope you’ll all come back and read!

‘Til next post…



Hello all!

So, I’ve done it again. It’s been a particularly busy semester and because of this my posting has slowed. This doesn’t mean that there hasn’t been plenty to post about. I’ve had some wonderful opportunities and experiences in the past few months so today I thought I would do a quick recap.

Let’s see – what has been going on:

I got to meet Design*Sponge superstar, the lovely Grace Bonney. She had a book signing here and it was a delightful event complete with champagne!

I attended the American Printing History Association conference in San Diego – my first time on the West Coast!

Hamilton Wayzgoose (remember the giant post from last year?) happened again and was again awesome.

In addition to these particular events I’ve been cranking it out in my studio and planning new Made by Good products.

So, like I said, it’s been busy. I know though that as soon as winter break rolls around I’ll be posting regularly again! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll be back on here soon. Enjoy these images and happy Monday!

So, today, or it was actually yesterday, I signed up on this amazing website called Ladies of Letterpress.

One day this weekend (oh no! it’s that time of the school year already where days are getting confused) I got a lovely e-mail from Kathryn Hunter of Blackbird Letterpress in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. My Aunt Kathy has been a regular customer there for about three years or so and happened to send Kathryn to my blog. Included in the lovely e-mail was a link to the Ladies of Letterpress website. I had heard the name of the organization but for some reason had yet to explore what it really was about. Well, let me tell you – it is AWESOME. Ladies of Letterpress was founded by printers Jessica C. White and Kseniya Thomas (see picture above). When you sign up you create a profile that includes information like website, type of press used, number of years printing, company name etc. And then, once your profile is approved, you have access to this amazing web of lady printers. The slogan for Ladies of Letterpress is “dedicated to the proposition that a woman’s place is in the print shop.” Love it.

For me, this is just another example of the strength and breadth of the letterpress community. On the website there are discussions happening, photos being posted, blogs going up – there are so many great printers and I’m so glad now to have my profile up among them.

Even if you don’t have a profile you can browse the site, so check it out here.

Check out my profile specifically here.

Also, check out Blackbird Letterpress here (they make some excellent stuff!).

Hope y’all all had a wonderful Monday!

Today it is gray and yucky outside so, this post is not about today but the string of beautiful days we had last week.

I’ve totally decided that the brief bit of fall we have here is my favorite time in Chicago. When it’s cool and sunny the city is really marvelous. Saturday afternoon I went over to my friend Boo’s house and sat on the porch playing with her darling dog and chatting and soaking in the crisp sweater wearing weather.

So, today is a day of life appreciating photos of the season and good friends and likable dogs!

Also, be sure to be checking Marginalia here. My post this week is about my experience teaching undergraduate papermaking so far.

Happy Monday y’all!

Hey dear folks out there!

So, I know I have more posting to do about Renegade but in the meantime I wanted to let you know that I am now an official blogger for Graduate Admissions at Columbia College. Once a week, I’ll be posting enthusiastically and passionately about all things Book and Paper.

The blog just went live today and you can check it out here.

Hopefully when I fall behind here you can still check out Marginalia and have an idea about what’s going on in Hannah King’s world.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

So, I’m so excited that this year I was able to attend Renegade Craft Fair. It was such a fun time! Remember last year when I was so excited and then ended up having to work?! I was so disappointed. Thank goodness for Monday through Friday classes and jobs this year!

I think the best way to distribute the massive amount of photos I took is to do a general post today followed by posts about some of the specific vendors that blew my mind later in the week.

You can visit the Craft Fair site here and the permanent Renegade Handmade shop here.

The vendors in this blog post are Yeehaw Industries, Orange Beautiful, and Girls Rock Chicago,

And darn it, I can’t find who made those darling shirts or the cute matchboxes (blogger fail). But they’re somewhere on the Renegade Craft Fair site so if you really want to know you can totally find out!

Also, happy Monday y’all! Hope your weeks are off to a great start already!

Today is my mama’s birthday! She is the best mom a girl could ask for and I wish mightily that I could be in Arkansas celebrating with her today!


Oh and hi Aunt Kathy sneaking into the photo on the left!

Alright folks, school is back in session! I am so excited for this new year!

As per usual once the school year has started, I have already gotten behind on the blog. But I am going to try really hard this year not let too much time go by in between posts! The good news is that I will be blogging weekly over at school on the Graduate Ambassador blog. This means that once a week I’ll be posting about the goings on of the Book and Paper Arts department. As soon as I have the official web address for that I’ll let y’all know!

I always love the beginning of a school year and I had this realization yesterday that it was my second to last first day of school ever. How strange time is!

Happy fall everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week so far!

P.S. This image is from Shorpy. It’s Chicago’s Lincoln Park circa 1900.

This week, I wanted to share one of my favorite blogs with you Book By Its Cover. BBIC features sketchbooks, artist books, and other cool bookish things. Recently, a book Drawn In was made by the blog’s author, with some of the best features from the blog. I always check here for inspiration. I love seeing other artists’ sketchbooks, a peek into their minds.

I’ll be back next week with another press to share!

Good morning! Hope you enjoy these two artists!

Painting: Ethan Hayes-Chute

Find more of his stuff here.

Photograph: Joanne Ratajczak

And find more of her stuff here.