I’ve just finished printing my first broadside! The image was made at Sissinghurst Castle and hand printed in polymergravure on Somerset paper. The text is an excerpt from the poem Sissinghurst by the English poet Vita Sackville-West and written about her beloved home, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, where she lived with her husband Harold Nicholson, a British politician and writer. It was letterpress printed in Garamond and Colonna typefaces.
Sackville-West was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of writers, poets, painters and artists who lived in or around Bloomsbury Square in London and who spent weekends in the country at Charleston Farmhouse, the country home of Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, both post-impressionist painters.
Besides my personal work there is another side that’s important to me – the commercial printing and related services I offer for other artists. Whether the work is for myself or for others I feel so fortunate that I get to do things I really love. So thisnewsletterhighlights a couple of projects that I’ve been involved with, details of another upcoming workshop and some magazine coverage for Otherworld.
Much of the work over the past few months that I’ve been involved with has been making custom portfolio cases and so, with their permission, I thought I’d highlight a couple of those projects.
Detail of the debossing.
PLAINS is a project that I’m still working on and involves an edition of five portfolios. Each 12 x 15 x 4.5” clamshell case holds 58 gelatin-silver prints, beautifully hand-printed by the photographer, Peter Latner, and a title, statement and colophon pages. The prints are dry-mounted onto debossed museum board and the cases covered in Italian book cloth.
This case I made with photographer Lisa Nebenzal to hold both a suite of prints and eight of her constructed photographs. The case measures 13.5 x 19.5 x 4” with a set of removable dividers and a panel to separate the prints and is finished in Cadet Blue Japanese book cloth with matte gold foil stamping.
UPCOMING POLYMERGRAVURE WORKSHOP
I’ll be teaching another polymergravure workshop at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis soon, so if creating hand-printed editions is something that’s always interested you, then keep an eye on their website for registration details towards the end of January.
And lastly, my series Otherworldis featured in the latest online edition of Square Magazine. It’s free and available in several digital formats here.
Here are a few photos of a 150 page book I’ve just finished printing and binding for a friend. It’s 12.5 x 9.0 x 1.5″ in size, consists of nine hand-sewn signatures and is finished in red Italian book cloth with marbled endpapers by my friend Enrico Giannini, a fifth generation Florentine bookbinder. The book layout and design was done in InDesign and the paginated pages printed on Hahnemühle Book and Album paper.
The project will involve an small edition of clamshell cases that each hold 58 gelatin-silver prints hand-printed by Peter, which are stunningly beautiful. I’m debossing 4-ply Museum board and dry-mounting the prints into the resulting plate mark. There will also be a title page, statement and colophon. Once I’ve mounted the prints and printed the text sheets I’ll have a better idea of the exact depth required, then I can start making the cases. That number of mounted prints will result in a nice, substantial case that’s about 4.5” deep. I’m going to try and post more images of the production as we progress over the next few weeks!
Just a small section of 300 sheets of Museum board.
This is clamshell case I recently made with artist Lisa Nebenzahl. Besides needing a case to present both her prints and 3D constructions, Lisa wanted to learn the craft of making boxes and cases, so we worked on the project together. The case measures 13.5 x 19.5 x 4” with a removable set of dividers and a panel to separate the prints. It’s finished in Cadet Blue Japanese bookcloth with matte gold foil stamping.