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Monthly ArchiveAugust 2014



Studio projects Monday August 04 2014 08:00 am

Middlebury, VT Gran Fondo newspaper article

The Vermont independent newspaper, Seven Days, had an article on the Gran Fondo cycling event held in and around Middlebury, Vermont. We were invited to exhibit our 2013 Tour de Lead Graffiti posters produced while following the Tour de France. The article used our Stage 13 poster to illustrate the article.

You can click on the image to see a larger image of the article. The mention of our exhibition about Tour de Lead Graffiti is in the middle of the 5th column.
Tour de Lead Graffiti article. You can read the article here.

Studio projects Saturday August 02 2014 09:53 am

Lead Graffiti poster frames

We’ve been wanting to do something to our display wall in Lead Graffiti for a couple of years and we finally did it. Once we started doing our Tour de Lead Graffiti project it kind of took over. It was such a major project in our lives that we wanted to keep it displayed. At the same time it took up a lot of space.

We were looking around for a frame that would both be fairly cheap or easy to make and easy to hang with minimal damage to the walls. We also love that our posters are printed on wonderful paper with a nice texture and have the deckle-edge along the top and bottom.

Well, this is what we came up with.

The sides, at least on the 50 frames we made to start, are oak. Along the inside of the frame sides is a gentle curve routed 1/16″ wide by about 1/4″ deep into the wood (70″ radius if you are interested) into which you can slide one of our posters. In the top crossbar we’ve inserted two hooks across which you could stretch a wire for hanging. We’ve also drilled two holes at a slight angle into which you and insert a thin brad (nail) to make the smallest hold possible in your wall. The frames and posters are very light and do not need much support.

Generally speaking, our posters are always 14.5″ x 22.5″ (essentially half of a sheet of Somerset Textured paper. In the frame the poster has a gentle curve which is supported by the crossbar supports for the frame, giving light a chance to show the texture more than if it was framed flat. We aren’t exactly sure how light fast the inks are that we are using and with the difficulty more and more to getting quality ink for letterpress, it is probably better to keep any poster out of bright sunlight.

If you come by our studio you can see the display and how it works.

At least for the moment the frames are sanded, raw wood.

We are selling them for $45 and should fit most of our posters. In the earlier days our posters were 14.75″ wide. Usually there is no problem trimming them down to the 14.5″. All of our recent posters are the narrower dimension.

Studio projects Saturday August 02 2014 09:11 am

Anne Frank, August 4, 1944

It was Friday, August 4, 1944 that 15-year old Anne Frank wrote the final entry in her everlasting diary.

“… Believe me, I’d like to listen, but it doesn’t work, because if I’m quiet and serious, everyone thinks I’m putting on a new act and I have to save myself with a joke, and then I’m not even talking about my own family, who assume I must be ill, stuff me with aspirins and sedatives, feel my neck and forehead to see if I have a temperature, ask about my bowel movements and berate me for being in a bad mood, until I just can’t keep it up any more, because when everybody starts hovering over me, I get cross, then sad, and finally end up turning my heart inside out, the bad part on the outside and the good part on the inside, and keep trying to find a way to become what I’d like to be and what I could be if … if only there were no other people in the world.”

Yours, Anne M. Frank

Some days we love words and books a bit extra. Sunday, August 3 will be a good day to make a book and talk about diaries and journals. We’ll start at 10am for anyone that wants to join us in our studio in making one of their own. Might be a nice day for a mother / daughter or sister / sister day together. Know any? No fee. We’ll supply the materials.

It’s probably a good idea for anyone that is interested in joining us to let us know. Email Ray.