Friday, May 30, 2008

The Quotable Julie Lasky - Editor, I.D. Magazine

from the commencement address delivered by Julie Lasky at the Cranbrook Academy of Art on May 9, 2008:

"You don’t need to get your hands dirty to be a craftsperson; you need to get your minds dirty."

Common Press Documentary by E. Froh

My multi-talented friend, Emilie Froh, made a mini-documentary about The Common Press at The University of Pennsylvania. I have a wee appearance at the beginning/end. I think the audio/image compositing is beautiful. Enjoy!

Check out more from Emilie at her new blog: Words Are Steamships

Friday, May 23, 2008

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Graduation Show!

A Revisit/Remix of Everyman!

I take my Thank You scrambled.

Printed in a series of 24 to all those to whom I am grateful and most positively indebted...

Monday, May 19, 2008

I.D. Magazine - June 2008

...hits newsstands this weekend! (corny announcer voice)
Read all about Martino Gamper's London-chic "ragtag furniture"
(and type-high...pssst!)

I graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts today...

...and life is great and wonderful and ridiculous and I have plenty of silly photographs to post of the last and latest print for this school year...

"Thank You Scramble"
11" x 15"

Coming soon...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

FOLIO 2008

The Morgan Building at The University of Pennsylvania
Graduation Weekend: May 17-19

Here is the most recent part of The Very Cavernous Series.
Pure cyan and gold metallic gradients.
Variations on G and Q.
Kozu paper

Jaggard edges.

Cultures of the Book - ENGL 034 - "The Wheat Headpiece"

William Jaggard, a British printer, printed The First Folio of Comedies and Tragedies of William Shakespeare in 1623. Included in the prefatory material for the tome were several decorative woodblocks. One in particular was characterized by a bundle of wheat at the top center. Known only as "The Wheat Headpiece", this block had already suffered much damage before reaching the pages of Shakespeare's First Folio. It had been used in both secular and non-secular books and pamphlets in the preceding decades. The travels of the block can be traced by the size of the crack and the eventual complete cracking of the wheat bundle.

For this project, I re-created this design in Adobe Illustrator based on a series of photographs of the block. This design was then engraved into a type-high prepared maple block with a Universal Systems Carbon-Dioxide Laser Cutter. The design was then printed on a Vandercook letterpress over 400 times on vegetable parchment. The prints were bound into a 400-page hardcover book, in folio. The remaining prints were marked as a broadside series. Additionally, I printed a series of 25 on Japanese kozu paper to serve as handwriting stationary.