your social calendar for the next week

Mucho radness going on these days.

THURSDAY 4.29 (TONIGHT) the Distillery Gallery will be hosting the opening reception for the Studio 11 Retrospective show. Studio 11 is the former home of Repeat Press, as well as dozens of other artists over the past few decades. The show will feature works from all former tennants who could be tracked down, as well as a special display of relics from the history of the space. The show will run through may but everybody knows the real fun is at the opening so get over there tonight, 6-9pm.

FRIDAY 4.30 you can relax a bit and head over to Harvard for the current showing in the “Food at 24 Frames Per Second” series – All In This Tea, a documentary following “a tea-obsessed American to the lush Chinese countryside, where he battles bureaucracy and economics to spark an interest in organic tea.”

I’ve been assured that this is a great film and tea will be provided.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 5.1-5.2 the annual Somerville Open Studios will be happening city-wide, and we wouldn’t be left out of that. Fringe will have its doors open to the public to come check out whatever it is that we do around here, and Autumn Ahn will be painting a mural on the wall next to the studio, live throughout the weekend.

In the Repeat Press shop I’ll have the presses running demos throughout both days, and a blowout sale on old posters – stop in and pick up some prints cheap!

FRIDAY 5.7 this might be a hike for folks in the Boston area but well worth the trip. Friends Fish McGill and Evoker are teaming up for a show at the coolest surf gallery around, Portland’s Corduroy. This flyer gets an early nomination for best flyer of 2010.

Spring has sprung! Get out there and have some fun!

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!

Second World Design Collaborative – Business Cards

Good friends over at the SDC designed these cards as part of their initial self-promo package. The cards feature a blind impression alongside custom PMS629 and PMS534 ink matches. Printed on Crane’s 220lb pearl white Lettra paper, they’ve got some weight to them.

These cards were showcased on FPO with a nice writeup – have a look here!

Matchbook Mondays

Hotel Adams

matchbook mondays

Departing from my personal collection for a week to share a blog that I recently stumbled upon – The Matchbook Registry. Curated by Daniel Blackman, the blog features matchbooks collected by Daniel, his grandfather, and his mother.

The Matchbook Registry is a blog run by Daniel Blackman, a graphic designer in Philadelphia. The idea of the blog is to showcase matchbook design and typography. The majority of the matchbooks on the site were collected by Daniel Blackman, his grandfather and his mother.

Solid work on Daniel’s personal site as well.

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

Matchbook Mondays

Drake’s Gasoline – Mileage Merchants

repeat press on facebook

I took a while yesterday to migrate the Repeat Press facebook presence from a personal account to a “page” – the personal account was getting a lot of new friends (which is always nice!) but I had to manually approve each one. The new page is more set up for a business entity and should be more user-friendly for everyone involved. So if you haven’t checked it out yet, click on over to facebook.com/repeatpress and have a look.

wood type wednesdays

I printed this poster for the triumphant return from injury/cassette release of Boston garage-rock band Thick Shakes. As of this Saturday, the Shakes will once again be rocking out alongside Hands & Knees, Girlfriends, and Quilt.

The posters were printed on 12×18″ chipboard using a split fountain on solid lino blocks for the background, and contrasting split fountain for the text. These things are heavy with ink – I’ve been playing with rubber-based inks for custom work lately but had to go back to oil-based for these or they’d still be wet.

I’ll be at the show on the 20th with a stack of these for sale – come on down!