Tuesday 24 August 2010

Out and About in High Norfolk

I really don't understand why I takes so long to get work done, this should have been finished at least a week ago. And I still have so much to get done for my assessment this Thursday!!

Mono-printed background with letterpress and rubber stamps.

Walking in Morzine

When we got up to the Col de Coux the weather moved in.

so we decided to sc'dadle

Friday 20 August 2010

Book press

I was pleased when I took the book out of the press this afternoon, I really like the way it's turned out.

Thursday 19 August 2010

Morzine walk

This little book is based on a walk I made with Chris in Morzine, July 2010
This year we climbed higher than we have ever done before and it was brilliant. I loved every bit of it.

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Home Made Rubber Stamp Workshops - Led by Stephen Fowler

Weds 7th and Thursday 8th July 2010

Stephen Fowler led a 2-day course in July at UWE which focused on rubber stamps and producing small pamphlet books. Something that really amazed me was the distances people travelled to attend, students came from Bristol, London, Wales, Scotland and Froxfield. I am very lucky to just have an hour car journey.

Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina

Way back in March I was really excited to be offered a two week full scholarship at Penland School of Crafts, to study Digital Concepts in Letterpress with Steve Miller. Steve is professor and coordinator of the Book Arts MFA programme at the University of Alabama, USA.
I arrived on Sunday 30th May and had plenty of time to acclimatise and see the whole campus for myself. What a fabulous place, Penland is way out in the boondocks of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. Hot and humid (32°c and 87% humidity) but somehow this didn't seem to matter, the place and the people where terrific.

I had come to take part in, Digital Concepts in Letterpress, with Steve Miller. Steve is professor and coordinator of the book arts MFA program at the University of Alabama, USA, where he teaches letterpress printing and paper-making.
Steve Miller: www.redhydrapress.com

Traditionally, letterpress printed chapbooks involved hand-set metal type. Now we have access to much more, in the way of digital technologies. This may mean using digital typefaces, scanning images from original artwork and photographs, and printing from photopolymer plates, allowing us to combine old and new technologies, taking the best from both.

We covered basic book design with metal type, plus we used InDesign software, photopolymer platemaking and the Vandercook press. The days were spent in a whirl of demos, practical work and feedback sessions and everything printed on the Vandercook. A brilliant way to spend two weeks!

For more information see: www.penland.org www.bookarts.ua.edu