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Monthly ArchiveJuly 2014



Studio projects Sunday July 27 2014 11:24 am

Poster winners for Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014

This is who we think all of the winners are. If you have an argument let me know.

Stage 1 - no competition
Stage 2 - Jamie McLennan | poster
Stage 3 - no competition
Stage 4 - Jeff Kopay (2 minutes) | poster
Stage 5 - Karla Cushman (1 hour 33 minutes) | poster
Stage 6 - Meg Mahoney (6 minutes) | poster | picked up
Stage 7 - Kory Walton (42 minutes) | poster
Stage 8 - Jeff Kopay (1 hour) | poster
Stage 9 - Mark Rutt | poster
Stage 10 - Gerald Pugh (12 minutes) | poster
Stage 11 - Michael Richards (1 minute) wins this one and another of his choice, Gerald Pugh (2 minutes), & Nina Ardery wins this one by describing it | poster
Stage 12 - Sara Twist (2 minutes) | poster
Stage 13 - no competition
Stage 14 - Nina Ardery (1 hour 27 minutes) | poster
Stage 15 - Jamie McLennan (5 minutes) | poster
Rest day #2 - Laura Pugh (3 hours 28 minutes) | poster
Stage 16 - Attie Blu Langley (1 hour 6 minutes) | poster
Stage 17 - Ethan Midnite (5 minutes) & Karla Cushman (off by 6 minutes) | poster
Stage 18 - Kory Walton (1 minute) | poster
Stage 19 - Gerald Pugh (dead on) | poster
Stage 20 - Jamie McLennan (dead on) | poster
Stage 21 - no competition

Remember, you can pick them up at the studio for free or we can mail them to you with you paying the shipping cost. Multiples will be grouped as best we can.

Trying to organize shipping below.

Jamie McLennan / 2, 15, 20 | mailed
Jeff Kopay / 4, 8 | mailed
Karla Cushman / 5, 17
Meg Mahoney / 6 | picked up
Kory Walton / 7, 18 | pick up
Mark Rutt / 9
Gerald and Laura Pugh / 10, 11, rest day #2, 19
Michael Richards / 11, 16 | mailed
Nina Ardery / 11, 14 | mailed
Sara Twist / 12
Attie Blu Langley / 16 | picked up
Ethan Midnite / 17 | mailed

Studio projects Friday July 18 2014 12:27 pm

VCUK’14 British Library exhibition selfies

Our good friend and former teaching colleague, Bill Deering, was in London with a Visual Communications study abroad group when our exhibition opened at The British Library. We asked Bill to ask the students to shoot a ’selfie’ of them with the exhibition and we would offer our favorite the chance to work with us on 1 of our Tour de Lead Graffiti posters.

We had David Jones, Bill Roberts, Jill, Tray, and I to help us choose the best ones. In the end we though we would offer to it to 4 that our group liked the best. These were our top 4 in no particular order.

We liked that Chris Miello picked a heavy print to balance on his head.

Erica Holland’s “OMG! They crashed?”

Krista Adams took the opportunity to take a break.

Olivia Prinzi did a nice, slow motion video (really nice hair) of her running through the exhibition. We especially liked the idea that she was RUNNING through the exhibition. We’ll see what The British Library thinks after I send the the link to this entry.

The four student were offered Stage14, Saturday, July 19. Drop in and see what they come up with.

Olivia turned us down as she it in Rome, Italy. Sad to see that student’s excuses haven’t gotten any better since I was teaching in Visual Communications.

Studio projects & Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014 Thursday July 10 2014 01:34 am

Tour de Lead Graffiti 2014 stage schedule

This note shows the stages with collaborators working with Lead Graffiti on the Tour de Lead Graffiti poster series. At this point there were/are 20 stages when we had collaborators involved which is the easily the most for the 4 years we’ve been doing this project.

You can click on an image size (512 pixels wide | 1000 pixels wide) to see the route over a map.

If the collaborator has worked with us on previous stages, the year at the end of their name will link you to any poster they worked on. 15 down & 8 to go.

. . .

Stage 1, Saturday, July 5 - Leeds - Harrogate / 191 km (flat)
. . . Collaborator: Adam DelMarcelle / Silkscreen & letterpress printer | 2013
. . . Collaborator: Brian Campbell / cyclist

Stage 2, Sunday, July 6 - York - Sheffield / 198 km (hilly) *
. . . Collaborator: Rebecca Johnson Melvin / manuscript librarian | 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013

Stage 3, Monday, July 7 - Cambridge - London / 159 km

Stage 4, Tuesday, July 8 - Le Touquet - Paris-Plage / 164 km (flat stage)
. . . Collaborator: Belinda Haikes / professor & gallery director
. . . Collaborator: Diane Zatz / professor | 2011

Stage 5, Wednesday, July 9 - Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut / 156 km (flat with 9
sections & 15.4 km of cobblestones) *
. . . Collaborator: Mark Deshon | 2013 (poster shown in Sports Illustrated article)

Stage 6, Thursday, July 10 - Arras - Reims / 194 km (flat)
. . . Collaborator: Cate Currier / printmaking MFA student
. . . Collaborator: Brian Wagner / printmaking MFA student

Stage 7, Friday, July 11 - Épernay - Nancy / 233 km (flat)

Stage 8, Saturday, July 12 - Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine / 161 km (medium mountain) *
. . . Collaborator: Ethan Mann / writer about gadgets and cycling
. . . Collaborator: Stephanie Wolfe / bookarts artist / letterpress printer

Stage 9, Sunday, July 13 - Gérardmer - Mulhouse / 166 km (hilly / 2, 2, 3) *
. . . Collaborator: Rebecca Johnson Melvin / manuscript librarian | 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013

Stage 10, Monday, July 14 (Bastille Day) - Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles / 161 km (mountain / 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 1, 1) - we call this the zipcode stage) *

Rest Day 1, Tuesday, July 15 - Besançon
. . . Collaborators: Don Starr & Joe Smith / Glyph, Brian Jachens / design intern at Glyph

Stage 11, Wednesday, July 16 - Besançon - Oyonnax / 186 km (hilly / 3, 3, 4, 3)
. . . Collaborator: David Jones / graphic designer
. . . Collaborator: Bill Roberts / letterpress printer | 2011, 2011, 2011, 2012, 2013

Stage 12, Thursday, July 17 - Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne / 183 km (hilly / 4, 3, 3, 4)
. . . Collaborator: Megan Zettlemoyer / letterpress printer | 2011, 2011, 2012, 2012, 2013

Stage 13, Friday, July 18 - Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse / 200 km (mountain / 3, 1, HC / with mountain top finish) *
. . . Collaborator: Jessica Koman, designer | 2013
. . . Collaborator: Terre Nichols, art director

Stage 14, Saturday, July 19 - Grenoble - Risoul / 177 km (high mountain - 1, HC, 1 / mountain top finish) *
. . . Collaborator: Krista Adams / graphic designer
. . . Collaborator: Erica Holland / graphic designer
. . . Collaborator: Christopher Melillo / graphic designer

Stage 15, Sunday, July 20 - Tallard - Nîmes / 222 km
. . . Collaborator: Sara Twist / Raven Press Award ‘14
. . . Collaborator: Andy Flores / graphic designer

Rest Day 2, Monday, July 21 - Carcassonne

Stage 16, Tuesday, July 22 - Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon / 237 km (high mountain / 4, 4, 2, 3, HC) *
. . . Collaborator: Lori Schmittle / mom
. . . Collaborator: Lindsay Schmittle / letterpress printer | 2012, 2013

Stage 17, Wednesday, July 23 - Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d’Adet / 125 km (high mountain / 1, 1, 1, HC / mountain top finish) *
. . . Collaborator: Kieran Francke / kid letterpress printer
. . . Collaborator: Hendrik-Jan Francke | 2011, 2012, 2013

Stage 18, Thursday, July 24 - Pau - Hautacam / 145 km (high mountain - 3, 3, HC / Col du Tourmalet, HC / with mountain top finish) *
. . . Collaborator: Craig Welsh / designer
. . . Collaborator: Jordan Grove / intern
. . . Collaborator: Nick Stover / intern
. . . Collaborator: Ann Lemon / designer, educator | 2013

Stage 19, Friday, July 25 - Maubourguet Pays du Val d’Adour - Bergerac / 208 km (flat)
. . . Collaborator: Kyle Ward / graphic designer
. . . Collaborator: Joel Ouellette / graphic designer

Stage 20, Saturday, July 26 - Bergerac - Périgueux (ITT) - 54 km (flat / individual time trial) *
. . . Collaborator: Lauren Emeritz

Stage 21, Sunday, July 27 - Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées / 136 km (flat)
. . . Collaborator: Rachel Strickland / cyclist
. . . Collaborator: Kayla Romberger / wanna be letterpress printer

* Bicycling Magazine’s can’t-miss stages

Studio projects Monday July 07 2014 01:57 pm

London bombing 7th anniversary / July 7, 2007

With the Tour de France headed at high speed toward London it hard not to think about the events 7 years ago. A group of terrorists bombed the London Tube system along with a bus.

Jill and I were with Bill Deering on a Visual Communications study abroad with about 2 dozen students.

This is a Google aerial photo of the area. Our apartment patio is in the circle in the upper right. The circle in the lower left is the location of the bus that was bombed.

We had a group of 4 students who were coming over to our apartment for a bookbinding workshop. They were in the elevator when the bus bomb went off. I walked out to the balcony to look down the street to see what had happened.

I needed to run down to Faulkiner’s to buy a few supplies and walked right to the corner at the bombing. Probably one of only 5 times I was on the streets of London without my camera or I might have had the shot that went around the world. The New York Times called us about 2 hours later to see if we had any photo. A former student is a photo editor at the NYT.

While I was standing on the corner maybe 100 feet from the bus when the police swarmed the area, I was the absolute first person they told to back up.

Definitely a strange day in my life.