Monday, January 31, 2011
Claire Kennedy spent 2 weeks sorting, cleaning and printing an alphabet of woodtype from the Homeprint collection. This type, Latin Extended, is a popular font and we have 3 wood and 3 lead fonts all of different sizes.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
A few of the lino cuts that have been created by Allison and carved by John to illustrate our next artist book called "The baby and the tiger". A famous Korean story teller (Eun Ae Kim - Kaitlyn) gave this story to Allison when we attended the International Artist Book Exhibition in Seongnam City, Korea. Our grandson is 15 months old and loves books. Our plan is to create this book for him in English and at the same time translate the book into Korean and Chinese. In our research we have found that this story is a traditional Chinese story as well! Leo's mother Debra is Chinese, from Nanning.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Number 11 of 11 copies of the artist book 'A collaboration (of sorts)' handset with a wide variety of fonts and printed by hand on a Vandercook '0' proof press 1935. Handbound, two sections sewn with linen thread and gold blocked on a 'McKay' circa 1880, gold blocking press. One copy to be sent to the 'Rare Book Room' at the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.(Our National Collection)
Monday, January 24, 2011
The tools are very sharp and have been made by heating two different steels together (sword steel)there are 7 different tools in the set from Japan and 2 custom made tools that have been manufactured for Homeprint.
I am going to send a copy of this photo to Gregory Ruffa (New Jersy, USA) as he has offered to try to identify this font for me. Gregory has a wonderful collection of wood type and has published an outstanding book on the history of wood type " The Art of Wood Type" and included many photos from his personal collection.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The 400 gsm Fabriano has been soaked in water for 2 or 3 minutes and using a thick felt blanket pressed on the Hunters Proof Press with great pressure. ( stop pressure as the paper is about to burst!)