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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…

Hannah