LetterpressAmsterdam18/07/2017 at 11:54pm
How time flies! It's just a week ago that Myrna Keliher, Marina Chaccur and myself visited the two exhibitions at the Bijzondere Collecties UvA. Prior to our visit – and over two days – Myrna and I set brass and Plakadur rules and printed the Penguin bookshelves, that can be found in a corner at LetterpressAmsterdam.
But life goes on… By the end of this Summer, I will organize a weekend, where I will be selling hundreds of books, pamphlets and prints on calligraphy, printing, book design and typography. As a teaser, some photos! And, important factor, everything will be modestly priced…
LetterpressAmsterdam16/07/2017 at 9:40am
I'm trying to identify the second fount of wood type that I picked up earlier this week and reckon that it's a typeface made by Stempel, The schmale fette Bravour. I found it in my copy of Handbuch der Schriftarten. Maybe someone out there has got a type specimen of Stempel with a more complete fount. Any information welcome…!
LetterpressAmsterdam13/07/2017 at 11:43pm
This morning, I visited an old friend, Bart – who's moving out of Amsterdam – and picked up a box of wood type and some interesting Monotype and Ludlow documentation. When I returned to the workshop, I started sorting out the type in the box, a double fount of Gill sans narrow, 8 lines, but no capitals. And a fount that resembles LO type, but isn't exactly that. I have to do some research of its origins. Sadly enough, the caps of the Gill ended up somewhere else, I've only got one 'Q' and two "I's. Hopefully I can do a swap or make a deal with the owners of the caps.
LetterpressAmsterdam12/07/2017 at 9:37am
Tuesday, day two of working with Myrna Keliher on our 'Penguin bookcase' print. The first colour this day on the press was the blue, used for the Pelican range. And after that, the fourth and last print run in green, the crime range. After cleaning the press we walked over to Bijzondere Collecties UvA at the University of Amsterdam, where we had lunch and met with Marina Chaccur to visit the two exhibitions there. The day ended with numbering and signing our prints and then it was time for Myrna to pack her prints, books and all as she's flying back to the USA. Thank you Myrna for a great collaboration… and see you next year!
LetterpressAmsterdam11/07/2017 at 6:29pm
After her trip to Milan to attend Letterpress Workers, Myrna Keliher from Expedition Press traveled with Marie Vandevoorde through Switzerland and Germany to Belgium, where we all met up at atelier t in Bierbeek. On Sunday, Marie and Myrna arrived in Amsterdam and since yesterday Myrna and myself are printing together at LetterpressAmsterdam. Today will be the second and last day with Myrna in the workshop, as she's flying back to the USA. No type involved in our small print, just brass and Plakadur lines to create these bookshelves that are lined with Penguin paperbacks.
LetterpressAmsterdam09/07/2017 at 11:52am
Back in Amsterdam, after a week in Belgium. Four participants – Luise, Nina, Leen and Annick – participated in the Summertime workshop that was organized and held in the quiet setting of Atelier t in Bierbeek. During the 5-day workshop, the four ladies each produced an eight page booklet. Emphasis was on good typesetting, optical spacing and complicated formes. Butterflies, diagonal lines, a yellow sun surrounded by tiny dots, it was all there! And, Niels and Katleen Goovaerts were the most fantastic and generous hosts. All of us were sad that the week did fly by so quickly and that we had to say goodbye on Friday night.

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