If you follow us on instagram, you probably already got a sneak peek of the newest addition to the shop: a pin perforator dating back to 1883! This machine is perfect for stamp-making, but the Studio Printers have already come up with a few other ideas to test out on it — more on those projects to follow…
What if you could get art in the mail every three months? Original, limited-edition, letterpress art, printed by local artists, poets, and printers? Our Letterpress Art Quarterly subscription lets you do just that. We encourage you to subscribe if you are looking for a fun way to support our organization and receive art in your mailbox, all year long. Check out what the past year's quarterly mailings looked like:
Quarter 1 Artwork by Jami Taback, Lyn Dillin, and Cheryl Pfeil von der Heyde
Quarter 2 Artwork by Susan Amalia, Tiana Krahn, and Pauline Misner
Quarter 3 Artwork by judi goldberg, Brooke Holve, and Eric Johnson
Quarter 4 Artwork by Megan Arnold, Rod Buchignani, and Tami Lovett-Brumfield
Over 12 artists have signed on for another year of printing and mailing. If you haven't already, sign up for your mailings here.
Earlier this year we hosted the San Francisco video company Mission Pictures (disclaimer: my son Arne is one of the partners) for a day of filming as several of us worked and talked in the printshop. The result of their wonderful editing is three short films which enter the workshop at differing angles. One is a compilation of work practices & explanations giving a general view of the NBLA and its primary aims.
Then there is a shorter video of judi goldberg typesetting a poem while explaining her fascination with the process.
And finally a film of me working with my grandson Harldur while musing about letterpress and its virtues.
Of course, this is just one afternoon, and there is much that goes on here that is not depicted…but, it’s a glimpse. And hopefully will be followed with other videos of the work and culture of the NBLA.
Welcome to the intermittent posts and archives of the NBLA. We intend to use this format to experiment with ways of keeping in touch with other alphabetically inclined people. Sometimes there are events at the printshop that we just can't stop being pleased about unless we write them up and put some photos with. And sometimes we have been obsessed with an aesthetic argument about book art, or have discovered a new way of printing inside out…and we'll use this page as a forum. Maybe you'll disagree and post some post-modern comments; or maybe you'll rush to your own shop to steal our ideas. Beam eye guest.