Tuesday, August 19, 2008

I love road trips because you see stuff like this

It's an I-5 canine parade!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This one goes out to my Whistle Stop Snack Shoppe homie

Michael5000 joins the forty ranks.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Moving right along

The studio curtain project started eons ago and -- owing to some temporarily lost magnets -- just ended today, yay. Not only do the curtains ensure more privacy for bindery guests, they glow wonderfully in the light. Now if I could just remember to remove them when opening the garage doors; it's incredible how much they've stood up to repeated munching.

I also signed up for letterpress, which starts next month, and I'm already scheming on whether I could do, say, a short history of Atatürk. I remain obsessed.

Soon I'll post pictures of the finished portfolio prototype, which means we're at last all systems go for production next month, when our lovely studio assistant arrives from the Palouse.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Dear former bosses: Thank you for laying me off

Just when things were going well, they got better. I should pinch myself hourly.

Yesterday we went to the Letterpress Yardsale at Liberty Hall and saw the many neat peeps doing the classy old-timey printing thing. I couldn't help but load up on broadsides and cards and loiter wistfully by the piles of type. If I had bought that press 19 years ago in Seattle, life sure would be different.

But how could it be this good?

For instance, I was asked to teach my Chinese bookbinding workshop again, so look for that in the spring. And I just hired an assistant to come in late September, to help me build inventory for Portland Open Studios.

Meanwhile, I work to fill the six orders that I've already got. Here's a state-of-the-studio shot; colorful, isn't it?