Sonya Sheats – Bookbinder

Sonya is a local bookbinder who does some absolutely stunning work. Not knowing anything about bookbinding I won’t try to describe it other than to say everything she showed me was “really cool” and “virtually flawless”. Sonya was trained under master binders in France and works in both contemporary and classic styles out of her studio in Somerville (or maybe Cambridge… I’ll claim her for Somerville).

After discussing ideas for business cards over the summer, a design was settled on and these cards were printed. Black ink on 160lb Mohawk Antique Vellum Milkweed stock. I’ve printed a few projects on this stock recently with much success, the 160lb weight takes a great impression but isn’t so thick that you need a separate fanny pack to carry your business cards in.

For examples of Sonya’s work check out www.sonyasheats.com.

Royalty

Here at Fringe, our boys Bryan and Ian are making final preparations for their trip down to Philly this weekend for the bike expo, where they’ll be showcasing their handmade bike frames.

Bryan had me print up a new batch of Royal H business cards in time for the event, featuring a silhouette of one of his custom frames on thick chipboard. An email address on the reverse results in a simple, uncluttered card.

Shout out to Nao for the handcarved lug, repurposed here for a card stand.

Editions of Ten – prints now available

So much to write about, so little time. Hope to have a full post about my trip to Maine up this week but in the meantime  you can visit Corduroy and check out the prints from their Editions of Ten show that opened on September 3rd.

My pieces for the show are wood type compositions printed on a special handmade paper… more to come on that as well.

Feedback Loop – Design Ignites Change

Earlier this Summer, I was asked to participate in the Feedback Loop, a project put together by Mohawk Papers and Felt and Wire. The Feedback Loop enlisted 25 letterpress studios around the country to create a limited run of blank journals using Mohawk paper. The edition of 50 6×9″ books would then be sold in the Felt and Wire online shop, with all proceeds going to the Design Ignites Change youth mentoring programs.

My cover design features a pattern of wood type in blue and magenta over an army green background, with 128 cream colored pages on the interior.

The shop went live last week and contains some great work – I was really impressed by the assortment of binding techniques that were used,especially after using a simple saddle stitch on my books.

All of the notebooks are priced at just $15 – you can purchase my design here, or check out the entire collection in the shop.

Editions of Ten at Corduroy!

Very excited to be back at Corduroy in September alongside a humbling lineup of other folks working in print. I’ll be showing two new wood type compositions (editions of 10) available exclusively through the gallery.

Chris and I will both be up in Portland for the opening on September 3rd, stoked to meet some of the other artists in the show and do some exploring over the weekend. First Friday in Portland is a blast so come on up!

ORIGINAL HEIDELBIRD

HAPPY FRIDAY!

rain rain go away

We had some crazy weather in Somerville today leading to flash floods around town – Stebs from Paper Fortress got some footage of the scene around the Repeat Press/Fringe building. Thankfully we’re sitting dry at loading dock height 4ft up from the parking lot.