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Monthly ArchiveAugust 2013



Studio projects Sunday August 25 2013 12:45 pm

Mike Denker Memorial Keepsake

Lead Graffiti was involved in a project for the APHA Chesapeake Chapter to help memorialize the life of Mike Denker who recently passed away. Mike had been a critical part of the success of the Chapter and a group of us wanted to do something for his family and ourselves.

Chris Manson did a nice woodcut portrait of Mike. A group including Greg Robison, Stan Nelson and Donald Farren wrote the piece. Lead Graffiti was asked to contribute the binding. Roland Hoover handset the text in metal type.

Mike, a letterpress printer at heart who had collected wood type since he was 13, owned a construction company and we want to connect all of those elements in the piece. We took bookcloth and wadded it up and ran it over a belt sander to roughen up and provide some texture for the surface. We printed an A-Z alphabet with each letter in a different wood typeface, printed mainly in handrolled black with some white included to add a bit of texture. Mike’s name was tipped into a debossed rectangle. Each of the three inside pages were wrapped around book board and then those boards were glued to the hard cover trifold piece.

It turned out splendidly and the week we spent working on it was nice because it kept a good friend’s life right at the front of our minds.

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Studio projects Thursday August 01 2013 12:59 pm

Boxcar Poems / the clamshell edition

We finally finished the clamshell version of our recently published book of poems by John Dorsey named Boxcar Poems 1 - 12.

Jill did a wonderful job of producing the books.

As we were working on them we traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia, for a family reunion with Ray’s sister and family. On the drive down we stopped in Clifton Forge, Virginia, where Ray was born. We took a wrong turn when we were trying to leave and found outselves on the back of a railroad museum which had two killer boxcars just sitting off to the side. We took a photo and included it in the book forming a nice connection between the book and our lives. As there were 12 poems we produced 12 clamshells ( with one for us, one for Dorsey, and one for Bill Roberts who introduced us to John), 9 of which were for sale.

We set all of the text for the poems using our Intertype C4. Each of the 12 clamshells included the first line of the poem that coincided with the number of the clamshell. We love the option to bind various levels of book projects.