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Bay View Printing Company

Saturday, November 28th, 2015

I took a class at Bay View Printing Company with my mom the other day. How could I not? It’s a beautiful little print shop right in my neighborhood. I’m a designer with plenty of print experience, but almost none in letterpress, so it was a great opportunity to see the place and learn through making. We took the sketchbook-making class, so our end product was a front-cover and back-cover of a sketchbook printed on chipboard, with five signatures of blank pages inside. We bound the book ourselves with a stitching technique we were taught by Ashley Town, our teacher and (owner?) of the place.

I like how they are approaching the business. Using what they have to the fullest!

posters

They have a pretty extensive collection of wood and metal type (and symbols and flourishes and stuff).

butt

We explored that, came up with an idea, and laid out type to form our designs.

design

Then we learned about how to lock up the design with furniture (blocks of wood, lower set than the type) so the design stays stable and can be clamped together for printing.

lockup

Then we inked up and printed!

inking

paper

output

I ended up making a design based on one of my favorite quotes.

cover-and-back

The shop was full of wonderful people yesterday for the Make Your Own Sketchbook class! We had a nice afternoon printing covers and learning how to sew coptic stitch books. #letterpress #printmaking #handboundbook #community #mke #goodthings

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Thanks Ashley for the lovely time!

print

I joined as a member shortly after and I’m looking forward to going back to try some more stuff.

Trendy Little Sayings

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Order of operations:

  1. I don’t get it.
  2. Oh, I get it.
  3. Start using the little trendy saying and feel cool.
  4. Notice other people using it.
  5. Not cool anymore.
  6. Angrily declare nobody is allowed to use them anymore.
  7. Whatever.

Dooce at XOXO

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

I particularly enjoyed Heather Armstrong’s talk:

Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Little surprising. Very awesome.

I remember when The SteelDrivers came to Graves Mountain one year and nobody really knew who they were and they blew everyone’s minds.