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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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

As a writer and a book maker, I value process as much (and sometimes more, truth be told) as the end result. I recently discovered the lit mag Filter, and it’s clear that process plays a huge role in what they do, and that commitment to making yields something lovingly crafted and well executed. Their blog is rich in videos and pictures that document all the work that’s gone into the making of their issues. I’ve posted a few here for your enjoyment, but you’ll want to check out more on the blog too.

I think I know what my next purchase will be…

Images and video courtesy of Filter’s blog.

Issue 6

The Lumberyard is a magazine after my own heart. Put out by Typecast Publishing (a couple samples of their books are included in this post as well), according to their website, they aim to

build a new platform for the arts to speak to the world–to bring literary and visual artistry together, creating a portal for all to enter, experience, and be uplifted in our limited human journey towards understanding.

Their mission is a good one, and they seem to be accomplishing it. Each issue is letterpressed with designs tailored specifically to the content. They even host a contest that features one writer with the goal of making poems more accesible, to “bring great poetry back into the hands of the people,” and what better way than to make it into a work of art? A one year subscription gets you 2 issues of handmade goodness. More info here.

All images Typecast Publishing // The Lumberyard via their websites and Facebook page.




This morning Drew’s sister Amber sent us a link to the site Grain & Gram The New Gentleman’s Journal. This is a lovely site that features contemporary craftsmen participating in a slew of different trades.  It’s beautiful, with wonderful images, interviews and videos. I love looking at things that are this polished – it’s so inspiring and puts all sorts of ideas in my head about how I can make Made by Good better – you know out there in the future somewhere.

Anyway, the part of Grain & Gram that I wanted to feature today is the print shop Mama’s Sauce. I first learned about Mama’s Sauce on Anna Bond’s (of Rifle Paper Co.) blog a looong time ago and had kind of forgotten how awesome I thought they were. Well, today I was reminded that they rule!

So, check out this awesome video above (probably the slickest video, in a good way, about letterpress printing I’ve seen!) of Nick Sambrato of Mama’s Sauce, enjoy reading about all of the craftsmen on Grain & Gram, and be sure to look at Mama’s Sauce’s website. After looking at all of their excellent product, from wedding invites to posters, get ready to be inspired!

Grain & Gram here.

Mama’s Sauce here.

Rifle Paper Co. here.