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A Contemporary Illumination

Get a sneak peak of the newest edition in progress from Intima Press at the
3rd Annual MANHATTAN FINE PRESS BOOK FAIR this
Saturday,
April 9, 2016, from 10am to 6pm
869 Lexington Avenue (Church of St. Vincent Ferrer)
at East 66th Street (down the block from the Armory show)
over 40 fine presses will be exhibiting their books

I have been working on “A Golden Thread” featuring text from the classic myth, “The Minotaur,” written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1853.  It includes a contemporary twist on the medieval manuscript, with Labyrinthine Quotes of Carl Jung, musings on Lorem Ipsum, and a wink to the weavings of Arachne.  The typography shifts from elegant to explosive, decorative borders are hand drawn and hand painted, with highlighted marginalia, and a few edgy intaglio prints.  The book is in its early stages, but you may get a glimpse into the creative process at the Fine Press Fair this Saturday, with fifty pages to view.

University of Pennsylvania Libraries: The Art of the Book Symposium

The exhibition, “Across the Spectrum: Color in American Fine and Private Press Books, 1890-2015is open and the Symposium looks exciting. Below is the schedule for this Friday & Saturday:

Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm
Welcome and Introduction: William Noel, Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; Symposium Keynote: Mark Dimunation, Chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress; Looking Differently: Book Arts in the 21st Century; Exhibition Overview: Lynne Farrington, Senior Curator, Special Collections, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; Exhibition opening reception

Saturday, February 27, 9am-6pm
Session 1: Creating Fine and Private Press Books, Alice Austin (chair); Carol Blinn, Warwick Press, A One Woman Shop; Abigail Rorer, Collaboration and The Lone Oak Press; Robin Price, The Chameleon Approach to Book Arts; Mark Tomlinson, No Straight Lines

Session 2: Color in Fine and Private Press Books, David McKnight (chair); Dan De Simone, Color Printing in Early Printed Books; Russell Maret, Color in the Modern Fine Press Artist’s Book

Session 3: Art in/Art of Fine and Private Press Books, Hannah Bennett (chair);
Mindy Belloff, Intimate Vision: The Art in Intima Press Books; Carolee Campbell, The Poetry In & Of Artists’ Books: A Braided Path; Michael Thompson, Fine Press Books, Fine Art Books, and the Contemporary Art Market

Session 4: Teaching Making/Teaching with Fine and Private Press Books, Shushi Yoshinaga (chair); Matt Neff, Teaching with the Common Press; Sharka Hyland, What?! and Other Observations: Learning from the Collections at the Kislak Center; Barbara Henry, Facing the Students

Session 5: Collecting and Exhibiting Fine and Private Press Books -Three Perspectives; Jean-François Vilain, Lynne Farrington, Mark Samuels Lasner

at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19104-6206

Register: http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/spectrum_symposium.html

I am so pleased to be exhibiting and presenting at this event, and look forward to seeing some old friends and new in Philadelphia this week.

Mindy Belloff
Intima Press Letterpress & Book Arts
32 Union Square East, Studio 310 NYC 10003
http://www.IntimaPress.com  Tel: 917-412-4134
http://www.facebook.com/IntimaPressLetterpressDesigns

And,

Musings on Ampersands …

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Intaglio prints from the Bosch series on exhibit Fall 2015

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Spring in the Studio

In the Studio this month we had quite a range of activities from printing letterpress business cards and invitations, to print consults and group visits, including:

A dozen designers came to the Studio, who were being  honored by Traditional Home magazine.  We explained letterpress and a condensed history of printing,  designed a lovely broadside in metal type, and printed them as a memorable keepsake for everyone.  Good lookin group!

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It was great working with Peter, the Father of the Bride, Kate, on this lovely Florida wedding.  Mindy Belloff designed a large square invitation with a nautilus shell interior, and  letterpress printed it in 3-colors with soft blues and soft black text.  The reply card is a pretty seahorse design, and the information card sports a little star fish. The custom mixed inks match the pretty blue/green envelope liners. Guest addressing in the same script and roman fonts, along with custom postage stamps, added to the final details.

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We had a very nice group of Middle School students from Brooklyn, who learned about the history of printing and the recreation of Mindy’s Goddard Declaration of Independence in a morning talk, with letterpress demo.

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The Intimate Works on Paper exhibit at the Gallery, of fine book arts and prints was awesome.  Thanks to all the artists who participated!  See the online gallery on our website link.

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March Madness

In between the usual busy work and non-stop designing,  setting type, drawing and etching copper plates and printing intaglio and letterpress for the new book edition – was designing and printing cards for an artist, realtor, and consultant.  They look marvelous….

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Letterpress Turorial

We had a fun and very informative full day follow-up tutorial with Tom & Lee, who will be teaching their students letterpress this upcoming Fall semester. Good luck with the Club and cranking up the Clare press! I’m sure it will be fabulous.

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NPR Radio Interview with Mindy Belloff July 2, 2013

NPR Radio Interview of Mindy Belloff by Sheliah Kast re-airs tomorrow, Tuesday July 2, shortly after 9:00 a.m. Please tune in! The program, Maryland Morning is 88.1 on the dial in the Baltimore area. The audio will be posted by the end of the day tomorrow at: http://www.wypr.org/podcast/mary-katherine-goddard-postmistress-printer-revolutionary
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For more information about my historically accurate recreation of the 1777 printing by Mary Katharine Goddard, extraordinary woman printer, publisher of weekly newspapers, and Postmistress of Baltimore for 14 years (recreated in 2009 in an edition of 100) and the contemporary rewriting from all “Men” to “all People are created equal” (letterpress printed in an edition of 118), please see the website of Intima Press:
http://intimapress.com/declaration-of-independence/

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Both broadsides are still available for purchase and make a great gift for history buffs, collectors, lawyers, libraries, artists, etc!
You may view the documents at a variety of public collections including the Library of Congress, New York Historical Society, Stamford University, Brown University, and the British Library, among others. Happy 4th!!!

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