12 February 2010

the art of the book

"what if the book with all its wiles and daring were only mad resistance against the emptiness of the last page?" -edmond jabes

a few months ago i decided to treat myself to a letterpress printing class, which starts this weekend! i cannot tell you how excited i am to arrange type, to spread ink, to create text with a hand spun machine and paper. the simplicity and antiquity of it makes me giddy. i know a basic level of book binding and my dream is to one day create a book--text and all--by hand. how magical would that be?

in the spirit of my class, i will be back later this weekend to share some letterpress inspiration!


  1. oh joy! how exciting! i have always wanted to do that. i even collect random letterpress type, when i come across it. i think i have an old "make" magazine or something that shows you how to make your own letterpress. i hang onto it just in case... can't wait to hear//see how it goes. enjoy it! i sooo wish i could join you! xo :::

  2. You will be making one in a heartbeat! I know it...
    It sounds like a perfect plan.

  3. How exciting!! Can't wait to hear/see more!!

  4. so jealous.
    i want
    to take
    a letterpress
    so badly.
    have fun!

  5. i would love to take a letterperss class. you are going to have so much fun. can't wait to hear about it.

  6. letter printing class- that is so cool! can't wait to hear about it!

  7. I took a weekend letterpress workshop a few years back and it was so fun. Enjoy!

  8. oh.
    that is so great.

    I look forward to hearing all about it.

  9. hope you enjoy. that is quite a feat to do a whole book but i bet you're one person who could do it! enjoy your class!

  10. You are going to love it if you are patient in the beginning. Hand-setting type gives a whole new appreciation for keyboards or even typewriter.


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