Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year, New Projects

I have a new print available for sale now on my website, titled Small Fires. The composition is set using wood and metal type (no polymer plates). It's inspired by pictographs from arctic cultures.

This print is also a part of my design process for the new book I'm working on, which is about my personal mythology of the north, an idea I started back in the summer and mentioned here. I'm excited to finally be working on the design and writing of the book in earnest now, my sense of purpose renewed.

:: Small Fires, Letterpress, 2012 ::

 :: detail ::

 :: detail ::

Available here

Wednesday, December 26, 2012


 :: glacier, by Marianne Dages ::

 :: glacier, detail, found book fragment ::

 :: glacier, detail, painted book page, graphite ::

 :: glacier, detail, painted book page ::

:: glacier, details, graphite and colored pencil ::

Saturday, December 15, 2012

For Sale!

All these things are available for sale, and if you hurry, it can be there in time for the holidays! Just visit my Huldra Press Etsy Shop. There's more too! More cards, more books, more prints...

 :: Handmade Leather Pocket Journal ::

:: Letterpress Card ::

 :: Handmade Leather Pocket Journal ::

:: Letterpress Card ::
 :: Handmade Leather Pocket Journal ::

 :: Letterpress Notebook ::

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Mushroom Collector

I made this book recently and am very happy with how it turned out. I like the icy blue bookcloth. It's called The Mushroom Collector. It's available here, on etsy. 

:: vintage book illustration of mushrooms ::

:: cover ::

 :: vintage nature photograph of a beaver on a library card holder ::

 :: 100% cotton paper ::

 :: top of the book, light orange headband ::

Friday, November 30, 2012

It's Time for Crafty Balboa!

Yes, it's time to buy handmade for the holidays and the best place to do that is at Crafty Balboa!

:: I'll be there, for all you book and letterpress needs ::

::there will be books! ::

So if you're looking for the perfect gift for the guys or the ladies, please come visit! I'll have a selection of letterpress prints, cards and one-of-a-kind books. Thank you and see you there!

Monday, November 26, 2012


Can you find the custom box in these pictures? It's hiding. 

 :: lots of math ::

:: weighing down the lid ::

Friday, November 23, 2012

It works.

Today, I printed on my Vandercook. After many months of fixing, tweaking, searching for parts, getting bad parts, returning parts, finally works. It works. It really works. And I feel really good about that.

:: pretty pretty vandercook ::

 :: and I looked at my sketchbook ::

 Last weekend, I spent the weekend in Silver Springs, MD at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair, which was great and inspiring and super fun thanks to my coworkers.

:: common press ::

:: our table looked so good! ::

Thursday, November 15, 2012


This is where I've been hiding for the last month, in this book!

This beautiful book is a collaboration between my coworkers and I at The Common Press. 

Chymia, a collaborative Common Book designed and printed by Marc Blumthal, Marianne Dages, Matt Neff, Ivanco Talevski, and Tricia Treacy at The Common Press in 2012. A limited set of letterpress prints using original blocks from the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library’s Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection accompanies each edition.

:: letterpress portfolio of original blocks from the collection ::

We will be debuting this book at the Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair this weekend in Silver Springs, MD. Please come and say hello!

:: slipcase, book, and portfolio, binding design by Marianne Dages ::

:: silkscreen endsheets by Marc Blumthal ::

 :: left, silkscreen by Matt Neff, right, letterpress by Marianne Dages ::

 :: letterpress by me, Marianne Dages ::

:: etching by Ivanco Talevski ::

:: silkscreen by Marc Blumthal ::

:: silkscreen by Matt Neff ::

:: letterpress by Tricia Treacy ::

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Connection Daemon

The text of this print was generated using free translation software, feeding the program my written text and translating it into different languages multiple times. The repeated translation creates a "telephone line" effect, that produces a reinvention of my text along with spontaneous new content,  like a story told over time.


Connection Daemon, letterpress, screenprint, and Risograph by Huldra Press

 :: close up of the letterpress text ::

:: poem text, also letterpress ::

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Recent Acquisitions

Yes, I can't stop buying books, and yes I'm still obsessed with mushrooms and Iceland. And I can't tell you how excited I am to read a 3" thick epic historical novel about the story of Sacajawea and Lewis and Clark.

:: Icelandic Artifacts ::

 :: sacajawea ::

 :: lovely mushrooms ::

:: toadstools too ::

Monday, September 24, 2012

A coffer full of words

:: A coffer full of words, 2012, Huldra Press ::

This new print was printed on the Risograph at The Common Press. I hope you like it. I'm very excited about the direction my new work has been taking and hopefully will have more to show you soon. I am also posting now at my new tumblr page, Tiger Feathers, which is about the things I think about. I'm going to keep posting here to show you new work and talk about the studio as well.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


 :: green russula ::

:: bolete ::

Monday, August 20, 2012

Quality Notions

:: treasures ::

 :: a large custom wedding guest book ::

 :: clinton quality notions ::