This year's California Rare Book School course was on the history of typography, taught by Paul Shaw, designer and design historian, with Grendl Löfkvist, printer and Education Director at the Letterform Archive.
The pandemic has come with some unusual changes in routine that have had many benefits in terms of making progress on my first book project.
Learning more about mechanics has been one of the surprising and wonderful aspects of working to get my printing press operation up and running. If I'm not actually able to practice printing, I'm at least learning how to repair and maintain the presses.
My C&P press had an old car belt hooked up to the old motor, and the previous owner had put a ton of black electrical tape on one end of the motor to keep the belt from migrating off as it ran. In addition to replacing the motor and getting rid of that tape, we added a leather drive belt this week.
Over the holidays I took a course at the San Francisco Center for the Book with teacher Juliayn Coleman to create a quarter leather binding.
The rainy season in the Bay Area has slowed down construction of the house and the studios temporarily. However, the first phase of the cabinetry was installed in the upstairs print studio last week.
This month I completed the Polymer Plate classes taught by book artist, Lars Kim, at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
One of the highlights from the trip to the UK was visiting the Bodleian Library and receiving a behind-the-scenes tour from rare books curator, Dr. Francesca Galligan.
Bernard Quaritch Ltd. is one of London's oldest antiquarian booksellers and played a fascinating role in book history going back to 1847.
Established in 1853, Maggs is one of the world's largest antiquarian booksellers...
To start our book world exploration, Anthony Davis, solicitor, scholar of distinction, and bibliophile, provided us with two, half-day private tours around specific areas of London, such as Bloomsbury, that were rich in history related to literature and books.