Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Well, that was overstimulating

It took me about two weeks to recover from the delightful confluence of the Letterpress Printers Fair and TangoFest in the same weekend, both well-attended and full of art and improvisation.

Artists rolled out work all day long in the Print Make Share Challenge.

The crowd never ebbed; free Ninkasi beer helped.

I came away with these beauties from the print auction:

by Nicki Vance

by Diane Jacobs and her team

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Here comes the Black Menace (another M word!)

This from the often info-apocryphal abyss of Wikipedia: "Cooper Black was advertised as being 'for far-sighted printers with near-sighted customers,' as well as 'the Black Menace' by detractors."

I've never been a huge fan of Cooper Black myself, but for the Em Space abecedarium I chose M and that big fat letter seemed to demand a big fat font. Luckily there were just enough Ms in the drawer to make my print. What a delight to find those brackets, too!

This ink-stained copy is all I have left after barely making the number required for the edition (26, of course). Check out this and the rest of the alphabet—all printed by Em Space members as a fundraiser for our facility—at Em Space itself (opening Oct. 5, and up for some weeks) and at the Letterpress Printers Fair at ADX on Oct. 13.