Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Books

Some of the things I've been working on.

:: one of a kind notebooks ::

I finished binding a set notebooks which are going to New York. They are a new kind of book I've started making. I decided to add inset vintage encyclopedias to their covers because they are really neat... and to make front and back more easily identifiable.

:: bees! ::

Also working on some new leather pocket notebooks.

:: this one is on etsy ::
:: letterpress printed page and vintage book page with drawing ::

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Here I am.

:: little scraps ::

I feel like I've been holed up for weeks, there's so much to do. Making things, looking for things, watching things...

Many new books, and other projects in various stages.

:: hardcover books in progress ::

I was very happy to look in the mailbox a the other day to find some mail from my friend Beth, including an erratum to add to my collection. Thank you, Beth!

:: Oh Beth, you know me well, greenland, erratum, and birds... ::

:: studio ::

Basically, spending a great deal of time working in the studio and at home. Already starting to miss the cozy feeling of winter.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Letterpress Printing Workshop

hello Mr. Vandercook

I'm very excited to announce that I will be teaching a beginning letterpress workshop on Saturday March 5th in Philadelphia hosted and organized by Aimee Wilson of Red Wheel Press. It's going to be a really fun and exciting day of letterpress geekery so I hope you can join us.

See below for more information about the class and how to register.


SAT MARCH 5 // 11AM to 5PM with morning tea/ coffee & a break for

homemade Thai lunch @ 1pm!

Come for a personal 6 hr hands-on letterpress workshop-- covering the basics
of Vandercook press maintenance, typesetting (of wood and metal type), how to
troubleshoot press and printing issues, inking, paper use & cleaning.

This class will provide you with the skills to operate a Vandercook Press
safely and efficiently, as well as return & rent time for your own printing needs at
Red Wheel Press.

The class will be taught by Marianne Dages. Marianne is the owner and operator of Huldra Press, where she makes custom and original handmade books and letterpress prints. She recently completed a two year fellowship studying letterpress and bookbinding at Penland School of Crafts, and has taught classes at The University of the Arts and in North Carolina.

Please dress in comfortable clothes and shoes. All supplies provided.

Workshops cost $125/ per student

Contact Aimee Wilson- to reserve your spot, &/or send

Red Wheel Press | 3215 East Tioga Street | Philadelphia, PA 19134

Friday, February 11, 2011

Friday, February 4, 2011

Gone Thrifting

If I could some how make it my job to go to the thrift store every day, I would. I love it. Looking through row after row of ceramic mugs, books, and sweaters has a calming effect on me. It's also a place where I look for supplies for making my books, old encyclopedias and children's books being a favorite source for illustrations.

books in progress, with letterpress printed page

I'm on the hunt for new materials since I've been working on making more hardcover books with mixed pages, and I think they're looking lovely so far. Every batch is a little different, because the materials are unique and change depending on what I have on hand.

So I went to a couple thrift stores in my neighborhood and came home with these little treasures.


A National Geographic book about Alaska bound with sage book cloth and printed cover, which I've been reading. When I'm done, I think I'm going to make a notebook using the cover, though. It's so simple and sweet.

McCoy Mug

I also bought this mug...because I have a weakness for vintage brown mugs.