This Weekend Is The Upstate New York Wayzgoose

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This weekend is the 2015
Upstate NY Spring Wayzgoose
Saturday May 9, 2015 at 11am-5pm.

Wells Book Arts Center and the American Printing History Association Upstate New York Chapter are hosting the Wayzgoose at Wells College in Aurora, New York.

It is a celebration of printing and the book arts featuring hands-on workshops, demonstrations, vendor fair, tours, exhibitions, food & libations!

A Wayzgoose is a celebration of printing, paper and book arts. Its name goes back to medieval times when the master printer would host a feast for his workers.
Upstate New York state has not had a Wayzgoose event in many years and this annual event will bring the tradition back to this area as a celebration of the many artisans working in and around New York and beyond.

• Vendor Fair – Over 24 printers, binders, suppliers, book artists and artisans selling their wares directly to the public including:

Amaranth Press & Bindery (Syracuse, NY) – Hardbound Books, letterpress items
Bixler Letterfoundry (Skaneatles, NY) – New Metal Type
Boxcar Press (Syracuse, NY) – Polymer supplies
Diane Bond Books (Buffalo, NY) – Paste papers, handmade books
Moon Rabbit Press  (Rochester, NY) – Letterpress Posters, prints, cards
Interwingle (Rochester, NY) -Pop up cards, books, paper
Letterpress Things (Chicopee, MA) – Type, Supplies, Books
Chris MacCormack (Aurora, NY) – Books & broadsides
Russell Maret (New York, NY) – Fine books
Moore Wood Type (Gahanna, OH) – New Wood Type
Petrichor Paper (Buffalo, NY) – Handmade paper
Punky Press Studio (Auburn, NY) – Posters
The Press of Rob Lomascolo (Union Springs, NY) – Letterpress Books & Cards
Revival Book Arts (Trumansburg, NY) Handmade Paper, handbound books, prints
Bill Soucy (Hinsdale, NH) – Presses (book& printing), type, tools, books
Sunny outside Press (Buffalo, NY) – Independent Press Books
Swamp Press  (Northfields, MA) – New Metal Type
Type High Letterpress (Rochester, NY) – Posters, notebooks, cards
Virgin Wood type (Rochester, NY) – New Wood Type
Wake Robin (Canton, NY) – Eco printed papers and Artist Books
Weekend Printer (Webster, NY) – C&P Pilot Presses!
Wells College Press (Aurora, NY) – Books, broadsides, cards
Western New York Book Arts Center/Mohawk Press (Buffalo, NY) – Bookmaking supplies

• Hands-on Demonstrations:
-Letterpress printing on the Victor Hammer Hand Iron Press!
–Letterpress printing on the Vandercook Press!
—Paper Making!
—-Paste Paper Making!
—–Screen Printing!
——Wood type cutting!

• Exhibitions:
String Room Gallery Main Hall – Student Artwork
Long Library – Victor Hammer artifacts and printing
Morgan Hall 2nd floor – JJ Lankes woodcut exhibit
Morgan Hall 1st floor – Student work and work from the collection

May 9, 2015 11:00am–5:00pm
Sommer Center & Morgan Hall – Wells College 170 Main St Aurora NY

FREE and open to the public – suitable for all ages – Bring the family!

For more information: http://wellsbookartscenter.org/events/wayzgoose/

Sponsored in part by:
American Printing History Association Upstate New York Chapter
Arnold Grummer’s® Papermaking
Atlantic Paper
Bixler Letterfoundry
Boxcar Press
Letterpress Things
Paper & Ink Arts
Virgin Wood type
& Wells College

A Super Awesome Week with Jen from Starshaped Press

If you didn’t have the chance to pop in the Book Arts Center while Jen Farwell from Starshaped Press was here don’t worry we have a recap for you!

As soon as Jen arrived she hit the ground running! She only left the letterpress studio to eat and sleep! It is always a treat to see the responses of printers and binders when they visit the center without fail they are overwhelmed with joy and can’t believe the facility. This was the case for Jen.  On day one she was already rummaging through our ornament collection and a lockup was beginning to take form on our composing stone. When I saw all the containers of ornaments everywhere she assured me she had a system and knew where everything lived. Each day her poster lock up began to transform. It was an exceptional experience to see how she brainstorms; problem solves, and executes her ideas.

She spoke to all the book arts classes and former students. They could not fathom Jen’s lockups and the intricate details. The students enjoyed learning about her process as an artist and her small business.

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She gave a wonderful lecture and we released our co-published book The Alphabet of Sorts. During her lecture students came to understand that following your dreams and passions is not always easy but at the end of the day you get to do what you love with the ups and downs of operating your own company.

We hosted open studios days where students and community members stopped by and printed with Jen.

She completed two posters while she was here. First, The Alphabet Machine which was apropos since we released The Alphabet of Sorts. She also printed the poster for our next Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Book Arts Lecture. She was a busy bee!

Also, check out Jennifer’s blog post with her side of the story.

If you dig Jennifer’s style and want to work with lots of metal type and ornaments fear not! She is teaching at our Summer Institute in July. You can spend an entire week with her and learn from a master. Click here for more info.

Visiting Artist In Residence Jennifer Farrell from Starshaped Press March 20th-23rd

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Friday, March 20
Artist’s Talk 6:30pm
Book Launch Party 7:30pm

Antique Methods, Modern Design: Letterpress in the 21st Century
Starshaped Press Artist’s Talk and Book Release Party

Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago. All work is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antiquated letterpress materials. Jennifer’s work has been recognized in print and design blogs, and has appeared in shows throughout the USA and Europe.
This talk will share key details about the history of Starshaped Press, while looking at some of the many projects and custom solutions necessary when art meets commerce.
After the talk, Jennifer will be on hand to chat informally and celebrate the collaborative release of “An Alphabet of Sorts”, a book co-published by Starshaped Press and Wells College Press.

The event is Free and open to the general public
Refreshments will be provided.
Arts Education Room in Macmillan Hall

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Saturday, March 20
“Thinking with Letterpress”
In-studio session workshop with Jennifer Farrell – Starshaped Press
Learn about the design and thought process in working with antique letterpress materials.
1-4 PM
Printing Studios – Morgan Hall

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Monday, March 23
Open Studio Poster Printing with Jennifer Farrell – Starshaped Press
Work with the artist in an informal setting
Stop by and Print!
1-4PM
Printing Studios – Morgan Hall

“Alphabet of Sorts” is Underway

Alphabet of Sorts is a collaboration between Starshaped press in Chicago and Wells College Press here in Aurora-On-Cayuga NY. The Alphabet of Sorts book is now printed and binding has begun! If you have been following along on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen various stages of the design and printing by Starshaped Press. The Sharshaped blog has been keeping the public up-to-date on progress, and you can see much more there. We have been taking pre-orders and still are until March 1st, at which time the price will be regular list price of $150. The book is a limited numbered and signed edition of 100 and is already more than half sold out! This is an exciting project and we will bring you images of the binding in progress and news of a special visit by Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press later this month.

Release of “River Time” Chapbook

Wells College Press recently released River Time, the 2nd chapbook of the series featuring Poetry on Place. What Longing Is by Janis Esch was the 1st chapbook. River Time, By Michael Jennings was designed and letterpress printed by Michael and Winnie Bixler, Nancy Gil, Richard Kegler, and Jenna Rodriguez.

Larry D. Thomas, member of Texas Institute of Letters wrote the foreword for River Time stating, I first became acquainted with the poetry of Michael Jennings when he graciously gifted me with a copy of his Bone-Songs and Sanctuaries: New and Selected Poems. I found the book a haunting evocation of “place,” of “places” indistinguishable from the human beings, flora, and fauna dependent upon them for their very existence. I found a poet of consummate artistry; a poet who knew early in his career that a “sense of place” was an effective tool for making manifest the universal human quest for finding meaning in existence and expression for the painful, inevitable yearning inherent in that existence.

In River Time, Jennings succeeds once again in conveying to his reader the relevance not only of “place” in a literal sense but of “place” as a realm of spiritual, historical, and cultural realization and fulfillment. Beginning his journey in the East Texas of his early childhood where he “keeps seeing a muddy, sometimes sun-baked road,” he travels to Bandera, as close to “the leathery heart of Texas” as he would get, and on to the Alamo in San Antonio where he ponders not only the mythological status of “heroes” many Texans revere but also their seldom referenced and more historically accurate status as “thieves of territory.” Later poems transport the reader to the southwestern deserts of Iran and the author’s current home in Upstate New York.

The long and masterfully executed poem near the end of the collection, “Winter Light,” demonstrates, in phrase after phrase, Jennings’s uncanny ability to render the essence of “place” with unforgettable power and precision. He writes of “pale winter light, listening”; of “the sky sluicing down into slumbrous bodies”; of “blood-soaked stone aching to be light”; and “the dark of sparks and fireflies.” The reader will return to the remarkable poems of this collection time and time again: for the sheer beauty of language, for reflection, and for what it means to be a human being in a transitory, terror-filled, yet exquisitely beautiful world.

View the gallery of images to see the process of the book being created from beginning to end. If you would like to purchase a copy of your own visit Wells College Press Store

The Future Of The Paper-Making House

The Paper-Making House is underway. Before Thanksgiving break visiting artist April Sheridan gave a lecture on her experience with creating a sustainable papermaker’s garden at Columbia. April is the Studio and Project Coordinator at the Center for Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Students and faculty from a variety of disciplines showed up for the lecture and they all participated in planting our first bulbs! We can’t wait to see the transformation from bulbs, to plants, to pulp, to paper. Stay tuned for updates in the Spring.

An Alphabet Book Of Sorts / Soon To Be Hot Off The Press / Pre-Order Today

Wells College Press and Starshaped Press are co-publishing a limited edition alphabet book. Each letter is made up of printers’ ornaments composed by hand and letterpress printed from metal at Starshaped Press in Chicago. Wells College Press will be doing all of the binding. The design and lock up of tiny ornaments for every letter in the alphabet is unimaginable but Starshaped Press has made it happen. The results are absolutely beautiful. This is a book that everyone will appreciate. Expect to receive your copy around Spring 2015. To pre-order now click here.  The images below will help you understand the work that has gone into this project. To the left is a print of the prospectus and to the right is the metal type lock up used to print the prospectus. (A human did all of this with their two hands) A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Reserve a copy today before they sell out!