Printing Seminar for Open Letters at the B&A

Bow & Arrow Press, Letterpress

Another fun thing that happened in January, we had a Friday seminar at the Bow & Arrow Press for Open Letters, a publication of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. Ten students and the instructors came out and we put together some lovely prints using lead, linoleum and photopolymer.

Bow & Arrow Press Icosacomposites

Bow & Arrow Press, Icosacomposite Video

Just for funsies I shot two icosacomposites of the Press during Open Press Night last Thursday. They turned out every bit as awesome as I hoped. Watch for people typesetting, running the press, wandering around, washing their hands, taking in the wonder of it all, and gesticulating. It’s hard to tell people apart but I’m wearing a red shirt with a white bullseye design depicting the orbits of the inner solar system.

Student Documentary of the Bow & Arrow Press

Bow & Arrow Press, Video

Teaching summer school at the Bow & Arrow Press for Harvard was a fun time. Got lots of good students doing all sorts of fun things, and some of them even braved Open Press Night. One of them, a high school student from Korea, was also taking a film class, and produced a documentary about the Press for that class. It’s great! I look and sound like a real professional! Watch it here:

Etching Press at the Bow & Arrow

Bow & Arrow Press, Printmaking

It’s been a long time coming, but we finally received a wonderful gift at the Bow & Arrow Press:

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It’s a Charles Brand etching press, donated by Betsyann Duval, a printmaker and artist in the north metro area and a fellow member at Bromfield Gallery. The Bow & Arrow Press is forever in her debt!

Bow & Arrow Spring Show plus Time-Lapse

Bow & Arrow Press, Shows

Our Press Scholar, Gina Trakadis, decided a showcase of all the letterpress done at the Bow & Arrow over the last couple of years would be a good idea. So we got together as many samples as we could, and put them up in the ArtSpace in the Adams House residence hall at Harvard, where the Bow & Arrow Press lives. This would be the first timeĀ  all of my letterpress tweets have been hung together in one setting. Here’s a photo:

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And here’s a 60x time-lapse of the show and reception:

It was a good selection of prints and a great turnout tonight!

Exquiste Corpse Letterpress Piece at the Bow & Arrow

Bow & Arrow Press, Letterpress

We’re doing a Spring Show at the Bow and Arrow Press on Thursday, and in celebration we had people typeset anything they wanted, as long as it was 22 picas wide and about food. Here’s the resulting exquisite corpse, set up on a galley and ready for printing on the SP-20:

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I printed it using PANTONE 194 dark red (something close to Harvard crimson), on some awesome paper stock. The head of the dining hall at Adams House comes into the Press to typeset, and she had a box of Fryolator filter paper that wasn’t the right size for the fry machines and had been kicking around for a few years. I cut it down to 12″ x 18″ and it worked wonderfully:

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