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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.

BEAT L.A.

Love the classic rivalry and had to make a little something for the finals – wood type on 140lb watercolor paper, edition of 33 (natch). 10×15″, printed on the Vandercook SP-20.

Ten bucks on the etsy site – will ship quick so you have it by the end of the series.

Man in Black

I was approached by the Nave Gallery to create a poster for the concert series accompanying their upcoming art show, “The Beast In Me” – art inspired by the work of Johnny Cash. Jenn from the Nave worked tirelessly to coordinate a 4-city tribute series of bands playing Cash songs, all in benefit for prison literacy progams.

These posters will be available at all four concerts, as well as through the Nave Gallery. A portion of proceeds will go to the same prison book programs affiliated with the concert series.

I’ll be manning the sales table at each show so be sure to stop by and say hello if you’re able to make it out!

8 April 2010, RISD Auditorium, Providence, RI
9 April 2010, The Elevens, Northampton, MA
10 April 2010, P.A.’s Lounge, Somerville, MA
28 April 2010, Space Gallery, Portland, ME

full schedule here.

I took some pictures as I worked on the poster and put together a process post – unfortunately they’re just off the iphone so quality isn’t amazing but it should give you some idea of what goes on behind the scenes – enjoy!

Started things off with a loose sketch at full size – I had just picked up some linoleum and was eager to put it to use as I hadn’t carved anything by hand in years, so I decided that the main element would be curved text cut from linoleum.

Then started working out the main text onto the linoleum block. You can see in the picture that I almost forgot to lay things out backwards. Total pro.

Text drawn out (backwards!) with some wood type for reference:

Starting to carve into the linoleum. I purchase it in large sheets that get cut down and mounted to wood for printing. You can also see an outline of an ornamental shape I was considering drawn out there that I decided not to use in the final design.

Fully outlined.

All negative area carved away, trimmed down and ready to mount.

Putting the linoleum aside for a minute, I began work on the background. One of the things that struck me when discussing the concert series with Jenn from the Nave Gallery was the fact that since all of the bands would be playing songs by the same person, there had to be coordination between the bands as to who would be covering which songs. Thankfully there was about 50 years worth of material to choose from. I chose to create the background of the poster from layers of text, spelling out some of Cash’s numerous song titles throughout the years.

This picture shows one layer roughly laid out on one of the oversized galleys that I use for poster layout.

And the second layer:

To print the background, I started with a solid block of linoleum to frame out the piece. Coverage on this layer was fairly light as the addition of the text layers will add up to a nice texture with a good amount of depth.

The first layer of background text in a slightly darker red than the original layer:

I forgot to grab a picture of just the layered text, but it is still quite visible in this picture, which includes the addition of a white star, hand carved from wood during a previous project.

You can probably guess where the color scheme is going – red, white, and…blue ink on the linocut locked up in the bed of the Vandercook SP-20.

Five layers of ink at this point!

For ease of setup I printed the linoleum block and the informational text in two separate passes – here’s the lockup for all the info at the bottom of the poster. 4 venues + over 20 bands = a lot of lead.

And of course, the final product!

wood type wednesdays

Nothing got printed here using wood type over the past week, so I’m digging in the archives for this one – pardon the quality of the iphone picture. I printed a run of these cards around the holidays a couple years ago and just found a small stash of them in a box – rubine red ink on fabriano medioevalis cards.

This does present an opportunity to say thanks to all the facebook fans, twitter followers, bloggers, rss subscribers, etc who have been nice enough to spread the word on Repeat Press over the last few months – things have been going really well in 2010 so far, hoping to keep going strong in the future!

wood type monoprints on display

I’ll be showing some pieces from my wood type monoprint series “Welcome To the Human Race” for the duration of February and March at The Blue Room, alongside work by my good friend Robert DaVies. The fine folks over at The Blue Room have been kind enough to host an opening reception tomorrow night – if you’re in the area please stop by!

Tuesday, February 23rd, 7-9pm.
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA

www.theblueroom.net
www.michaeldacey.com
womenasblackmusic.blogspot.com

wood type wednesdays

Jon Gaffney from Gear Patrol came by the studio a couple weeks ago to put together a small feature for their site. We figured it might be a little more interesting if we actually pulled some prints, so I put together this poster using a quote from the show Mad Men.

The posters were printed on the Vandercook SP-20 in a small edition of just 16 prints. They are not for sale but Gear Patrol will be doing a giveaway on their site so check back soon or follow @repeatpress on twitter for updates.

Here’s Jon trying his hand on the Vandercook – be sure to check out the full writeup on Gear Patrol for more process pictures.

Thanks again to Jon and Gear Patrol for stopping by!

wood type wednesdays

The wood type collection over here at Repeat Press HQ consists of type from a number of manufacturers. It was customary for the manufacturer to stamp the capital A with with their name. Today I thought I’d share some of the various marks and the letters that they are found on.

The Hamilton company is well represented in the collection, with their simple HAMILTON TWO RIVERS WIS.



Most of the type from Hamilton features the stamp shown above, but I did come across a larger version seen below.


By 1900, Hamilton had acquired the majority of the other wood type manufacturers in the US, meaning the type below is well over 100 years old! Although faded, the “Middletown, N.Y.” can be seen here and indicates this type came from the Morgans & Wilcox Mfg. Co.


A different stamp from Morgans & Wilcox, reading M. & W. MFG CO MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. with a star in the middle, likely from a different time period. (edit 2/4/10 – it has been pointed out by several readers that this mark appears to just be a better stamp of the one shown above. credit to David Shields and Dave Greer for their good eyes!)


Another producer of wood type was William Page, who used this stamp with the arched letters reading PAGE & CO GREENEVILLE CT from 1857-1859.


This letter features the arched page stamp along with stamping on the side of the letter that appears to read “NAME” and “LO”. Would love to hear from anyone with insight into these markings. Also note the brass piece that was nailed and flattened into the face of the letter, presumably for a repair.



Another stamp from Page, reading “Wm H PAGE GREENEVILLE CT”, which I believe was used after the examples above.


And the last example, which I cannot identify, but definitely has something there. XHTE?


If anyone has any information regarding dates, manufacturers, or anything else related to the pictures shown here please leave a comment or get in touch via email!

wood type wednesdays

AS220‘s Foo Fest is an annual outdoor concert outside the venue in Providence, RI. The fest had a whole slew of bands last year and AS220 asked different artists to create and print posters for the individual bands playing the fest. I was lucky enough to get paired with the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra, and I created this design using four layers of fluorescent inks printed with wood type.

Most of the stuff that gets printed around here is on flat paper or cardstock – I do some bags or envelopes here and there, cd/record packaging, you know the deal. So, when the fine folks at AS220 said they were sending up a hundred blank pizza boxes to throw into the print run for the Foo Fest poster I was doing, I was pretty stoked. The boxes were used at the Nice Slice pizza shop as promotion for the show, and the posters were sold at the show along with the posters featuring the other artists involved.

The poster is available for purchase in my etsy shop here.

wood type wednesdays

Another oldie – printed on my first press, a hand-inked Showcard press, back in 2003. As you can see the details of the event had not been completely solidified at the time of printing.