A warm and kindly appreciative crowd (we hear it was a large crowd) at the performance of two crankies: one based on the Old Time song "Little Birdie" and one using unique characters of wood type from the collection at the Estonian Paper and Print Museum.
Christmas is beautiful here.Read More
Printed all of the black images on the crankie! We are working with Estonian design motifs from research here such as a tree of life, cornflowers (national flower of Estonia), stars, planets, birds. We used a pressure print method. In this photo, I'm adding color...
Me working at the historic press at the Estonian Paper and Print Museum, Tartu.Read More
Wow. Couldn't be more impressed with the folks at the Estonian Paper and Print Museum, Tartu and Estonia! We have gotten a warm welcome and the facilities are amazing. Lots and lots of historic wood type I can't wait to spend some time with. Jim and I are working on making "crankies" while we're here for a month.
“Crankies” are part of traditional storytelling traditions in remote corners of the American Southern Appalachian mountains. A crankie is a very simple idea: a roll of paper or fabric containing silhouetted images is illuminated from behind with either a candle or a lightbulb. The crankie paper is then slowly turned as a story, song or poem is performed. The people of Appalachia had very few resources, so part of the tradition is that the crankie is made from very simple materials at hand: items from nature, or fabric and paper scraps.
Inspired by this tradition, we are seeking to interpret Estonian themes using found materials to produce crankies while in Tartu. Jim will play the banjo he bought here in Tartu and will perform American folk tunes while I "crank the crankie" showing off what we have made using the wealth of resources we have discovered at the Estonian Paper and Print Museum.
I'm so excited to see my work for the cover of Uppercase Magazine be featured (by proxy) on a webpage for Type Directors Club/NYC. The wonderful Janine Vangool, editor of Uppercase, who invited my work to be on the cover, is a judge for this year's TDC. If you scroll down far enough, you will see my cover! Thanks Janine!
Can't say enough great things about the students + Pavel + Sonja + Svetlana + Vincent, all at South Ural State University in Chelyabinsk Russia. Everyone was so very kind to us. Warm hugz.
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Teaching a letterpress workshop at the Serebro Nabora Typography Conference, Moscow, Russia. What a great experience. September 2016.
Honored to be in the same company as the excellent Melissa Harshman at this exhibition at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy. August 2016.
Things were more than a little bit crazy [and hot] at this wonderful workshop with wonderful people in Greece. July 2016.
OMG the BEST Roman lettering is along the Appian Way….hard to find, but so worth it!
Taught an Experimental Letterpress Workshop with my friend Jeff Pulaski associated with the Face Forward Conference in Dublin, Ireland in December. The workshop was at The National Print Museum and featured a very eclectic group of students from Russia, Mexico, Hong Kong, Germany, USA & Ireland. Everybody created enough prints to have a print exchange between all members of the group and we created a folio to hold it all with "Face Forward" cut in wood and printed letterpress on the Vandercook from my custom calligraphy. Big shout-out to Carla Merriman, Mary Plunkett, and the crew at the Print Museum and Mary Ann Bolger and Claire Bell who organized the conference.
laser cutting my lettering in wood for future letterpress printing, printing and color experiments…..
Spent several very productive weeks in May in Venice, Italy as a resident artist at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. Mille grazie Lorenzo di Castro, Deirdre Kelly and Kathy! Especially enjoyed meeting Jeff Abshear, Director of Kalamazoo Book Arts Center [http://kalbookarts.org] , Paul Brown, Indiana University, and Anne Bush, University of Hawaii.
While in Italy also visited the fantastic Tipoteca Italiana, Cornuda and the Bodoni Museum, Parma.