Good Monday morning everyone!

Recently I joined the Letterpress Listserv and it has been great watching e-mails fly back and forth between letterpress lovers from all over the country and world.

The other day I received an e-mail about a new website called We Love Letterpress. It exists as an awesome open resource for printers and lovers of print work from all over the world. Anybody who makes letterpress printed work can submit a simple interview describing what they do and why they love letterpress. They can also add images and provide contact information. Some of my favorite printing folks are on there including Mama’s Sauce and Huldra Press! I’ve had a lot of fun reading all of the interviews.

They also post inspiration boards and information about printing events!

So, check it out here.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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Since Wednesday is coming to a close, I thought I’d change it up a bit, and recommend a book rather than a press. This one is published by McSweeneys and including a four foot guide, David Byrne’s (yes, of Talking Heads fame!) ARBORETUM is chock full of mind map trees. Bound in something similiar to craft paper, the red images are pressed into the surface. Perfect for opening at a whim, and enjoying each map’s quirky goodness.

I wanted to post a talking heads video for you, but couldn’t find one I was satisfied with. I recommend dusting off your CD or record collection and popping in your favorite Talking Heads album instead

Images from David Byrne’s website.

So, I know it’s Wednesday and hopefully Nikki will be getting a post up on here later (and me over there too) BUT I had this ready to go and wanted to post it. Images for a Wednesday morning!

Today, I chose images by photographer Alec Soth and installation artist Eiji Watanabe.

Alec Soth is an amazing photographer who also owns a business called Little Brown Mushroom Books. His books and the others he puts out are AWESOME. Like, I wish I had a bajillion dollars so I could buy some of their special editions!

You can check out Alec Soth’s photos here and Little Brown Mushroom Books here.

Eiji Watanabe cuts butterflies out of field guides and pins them up in different spaces. His creations are so super. You can see more images here.

I love it when I find cool new artists!

I know it’s hard to believe but YES I have added more things to our Etsy shop! Two days in a row! Check it out here!

P.S. New stuff includes cool things like lined journals and address books! Isn’t it exciting!?

Hello on this lovely Monday morning!

The Made by Good Etsy shop has new stuff in it – finally! Check it out and tell your friends to check it out too!

Also, I’ll be adding a lot of new stuff over the course of this week so be watching!

Hope everyone has a super day!

Good morning everybody! I’m going to start a new series of posts called Fine & Lovely which will just be two or three lovely images and little to no text. I think it’ll be fun!

So, today’s the first day of this new thing.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

P.S. This idea was mightily inspired by the blog Westervin and their posting series A Pretty Pair.

Photos pulled from:

Fuzzy Lights: http://thisisnthappiness.com/

Girls in Swimsuits: from Tumblr

What began as a small zine has developed into a full fledged press with beautifully printed poetry collections, hand-printed chapbooks, ephemera, dossiers, and even artist books. Not only is care taken in the printing at Ugly Duckling Presse, but what is out of print is often preserved online on their website. UDP’s site is rich with materials to explore, and none of it is ugly.

UDP also has a tumblr with some yummy photos of ink and other aspects of the printing process.

All images from Ugly Duckling Presse.

Hello, everyone! I’ve missed you all, getting slogged down by numbers and other non-literary tasks as I started a temp job in Columbus. I’ll be back later tonight with a press to share, but I thought I’d throw in a little extra in the mean-time since I’ve been posting so sporadically.

If you haven’t heard of it, Moveable Type is a press-on-wheels and labour of love of Power and Light Press. They are currently facing some financial difficulties, but want to keep the project going (and the wheels moving!). I like any excuse to buy a print, and I imagine some of you do too, so if you’re interested, you can buy a hand-printed poster here to support the project. Learn more here.

 

Images via Moveable Type.

Good morning y’all! I know today is Wednesday and I’ll posting over on Nikki’s blog later but I just wanted to squeeze this little post in this morning while I’m thinking about it.

So, it’s been a year, well, over a year now, since we moved to Chicago and let me tell you it’s been one crazy year. My first year of graduate school was really challenging, living in a new city was really challenging, and being away from all of our solid Memphis friendships was really challenging. BUT we’ve started to come out the other side now, I think, and that feels pretty great.

Last night I went to meet one of my fellow student organization officers to get some little something done. That little task took mostly about two seconds since we decided I would do it at home later and we pretty much ended up eating tacos. Then we wandered around, went into the big Harold Washington Library, and then laid in the grass next to The Bean or Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. It was a lovely evening. It felt so good to be out and about in downtown Chicago.

Nights like the one I had yesterday + days like I’ve been having recently make me very glad I live here. I am so excited about next year. School is going to be fantastic. I can’t wait to dive in! I’m teaching an undergraduate course – PAPERMAKING! I can’t wait to introduce the hand papermaking medium to another group of folks. Plus, there are so many conferences and all that to look forward to – Hamilton Wayzgoose, College Book Arts Association, etc. I just feel like this second year will really be the year that we settle in and find our productive and inspiring place in the city.

So, yay for Chicago! I’m looking forward to what’s next!

Also, happy mid-week everybody! Nikki should be posting later today so be sure to check her post out here and my post over there!

P.S. I snagged the photo above from Shorpy. It’s Michigan Avenue circa 1962. You can see the Art Institute on the right!

Last year we moved to Chicago, literally, the DAY AFTER Printers’ Ball. So, I was mildly disappointed we had missed it BUT it meant that I had a whole year to get pumped for the next one. All of that anticipation was worth it.

So, what exactly is Printers’ Ball???

“The Printers’ Ball is an annual celebration of print culture, featuring thousands of magazines, books, and broadsides free of charge; letterpress, offset, and papermaking demonstrations; live music and dancing; and much more (quoted from the Printers’ Ball Facebook page).” It’s marvelous. I volunteered along with a group of my fellow graduate students to do demonstrations in our three studios, book/paper/print. This meant that I spent the majority of the evening up to my elbows in pulp as groups came in and out of the room. Over 3,000 people attended and over 2,000 visited the Center for Book and Paper’s floor. I answered a lot of questions and made A LOT of paper.

Before the night started though, all of us volunteers had a chance to check out all of the free books, zines, magazines, postcards, and chapbooks that were out on display. Needless to say, I stocked up! I grabbed a couple things from Ugly Duckling Press, a few awesome design magazines, some old issues of The Journal of Artists Books, and some random things that just seemed interesting. It was great and I’ll have reading materials from now until October!

On my break I also got a chance to walk around. It was so fun to watch everyone talking and hanging around with their awesome Printers’ Ball totes full of free literature and people walking by with their faces painted like zombies (oh yeah – the theme this year was IT’S ALIVE all creepy and Halloweeny in July). It was a great atmosphere of friendly conversations and sincere interest. There was also live music on the ground floor and endless events happening all night. I loved it.

However, next year I think I’ll be enjoying it from the ‘just a visitor’ side instead of the ‘crazy busy demonstrator’ side.

So, I gathered most of the images above from random places across the internet – obviously, I didn’t have a lot of time to walk around and take photos. I hope you enjoy them. Should you find yourself in Chicago next fall Printers’ Ball is a MUST.

Bon weekend you guys! Check back on Monday for more catch up blog posts!

P.S. I didn’t even tell you about Printers’ Ball Eve – a private (ooh-la-la) event hosted by The Poetry Foundation the night before the shindig proper. Drew and I went, again along with some of my fellow grad students + their significant others, to the new super swanky Poetry Foundation building. We ate food, drank beer, mingled, and watched a very lovely shadow puppet show of Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky.” Twas very fun indeed!

Photo credits: the two photos of the crowds are from One Book One Chicago’s Flickr page. The image of the wood type is from bluebike on Flickr. The image of the PB sign is from gozamos on Flickr. And yeah the other two are mine.