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Monthly ArchiveJanuary 2016



Studio projects Thursday January 28 2016 02:01 am

Unknown printing technique

Above: Title page to “The Frick Collection” catalog printed at Laboratory Press in 1949. The black is printed on an iron handpress.

Below: Closeup of the red.

Question: How was the red printed and why does it have that texture?

Suggestions have been that the red plate is halftoned. Question: Why would you halftone the element and not just make it a solid area? Notice that the entire area of the red has color to it and not the result of a reasonably well-printed halftone. And notice the squeeze that happens just to the right of center. Ink looks quite thin. By this time it is Bruce Rogers overseeing the catalog and it seems oddly printed for the title page.

Someone also explained that both colors could have been rolled separately and printed together, but the proof I looked at in Illinois is only the black. I know that isn’t absolute evidence they were printed separately.

Studio projects Thursday January 21 2016 10:34 am

Porter Garnett 10 commandments for craftsmen

After finding our Harrild & Sons Albion iron handpress had been part of Laboratory Press at the Carnegie Institute of Technology back in the 1920s, we recently visit the Hunt Library at Carnegie Mellon University to see some of the things printed back in the day.

Porter Garnett who initiated the fine press program at CIT wrote out these 10 commandments.

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DECALOGUE FOR CRAFTSMEN
by Porter Garnett of the Laboratory Press

1    Thou shalt not imitate.
2    Thou shalt not cater.
3    Thou shalt not seek effectiveness for its own sake
4    Thou shalt not seek novelty for its own sake.
5    Thou shalt not employ expedients.
6    Thou shalt not exploit thyself nor suffer thyself to be exploited by others.
7    Thou shalt not concern thyself with the opinions of any but the sensitive and the informed.
8    Thou shalt not give to anyone the thing he wants, unless for thyself the thing that he wants is right.
9    Thou shalt not compromise with popular taste or with fashion nor with machinery nor with the desire of gain.
10    Thou shalt not be satisfied — ever.

Printed at the New Laboratory Press, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Institute of Technology. Handset in Hunt Roman, a type designed by Hermann Zapf, 18 June 1963.

Studio projects Wednesday January 06 2016 09:00 am

Lead Graffiti workshops / January thru May 2016

Lead Graffiti announces its letterpress and bookbinding workshop schedule. Take a look. Put handmade back into your life.

We are willing to consider alterations or additions to the schedule. Just email us with your thoughts. Often workshops don’t fill, and dropping one and replace it with another, isn’t much of a problem.

We get a number of mother / daughter attendees. A workshop gift certificate also works as a birthday gift. The technical workshops allow the participant to rent the same equipment for personal projects.

Click any link to look at the details. Email us with questions.

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L E T T E R P R E S S

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Creative letterpress (meander book edition)
8 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $75 to $100
For a firsthand letterpress experience, this creative workshop is a group collaboration for students, designers, writers or others who would like a quick taste of handset type, printing & bookmaking. Requires a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 14.

  • Sunday, February 7, 9am - 6pm
  • Sunday, February 28, 9am - 6pm (Dickinson College only)
  • Saturday, March 12, 9am - 6pm (AIGA mentees only)
  • Sunday, April 24, 9am - 6pm
  • Saturday, May 21, 9am - 6pm (AIGA Feedback only)


Creative letterpress
(H.N. Werkman edition)

3 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $50
This is a rather odd letterpress experience based on the work of Dutch printer H.N. Werkman. You produce individual prints versus editions and the printing process is upside-down. This workshop can have a very playful quality and it seems to work quite well down to at least the age of 8. A good parent / child creative bonding experience. Be warned that we ask parents to leave their kids alone. Requires a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 14.

  • Sunday, February 27, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, April 16, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, May 14, 10am - 1pm


Vandercook (technical)

7 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $120
This is a technical workshop designed to teach you how to print with and maintain Vandercook proof presses. Required for Lead Graffiti press rental. Requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

  • Sunday, January 24, 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday, February 20, 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday, May 7, 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, May 29, 10am - 6pm
    Samples from our portfolio: A haw haw haw haw | Wildman invite |


Metal type composition

7 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $120
Handset metal type using spacing & leading with a composing stick. Design & print a small edition of cards on a tabletop press. Requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6.

  • Saturday, January 30, 10am - 6pm (focus on Valentine’s cards)
  • Sunday, February 28, 10am - 6pm (focus on St. Patrick’s coasters)
  • Saturday, April 23, 10am - 6pm
    Samples from our portfolio: How type writes poetry


Chandler & Price platen (technical)

7 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $120
Learn the technical basics of printing photopolymer and handset type, diecutting & scoring on both motorized and treadle style floor-model platen presses, one of the most widely available and accessible presses. Requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

  • Saturday, February 13, 10am - 6pm


Iron Handpress (technical)

7 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $120
Describe the workshop. Requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

  • Sunday, March 27, 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, May 22, 10am - 6pm


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B O O K M A K I N G

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One day, one book
7 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $120
This is bookbinding on caffeine. Get your hands on the basics from pastepaper to sewing a text block to attaching a hard cover. Take home the book you made from scratch all in a day’s work. Requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6.

  • Sunday, February 6, 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, March 6, 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, April 10, 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday, April 30, 10am - 6pm
    Samples from our portfolio: Multifaceted Mr. Morris


Coptic stitch binding

7 working hours + lunch, all materials included : $120
Show off your handmade accomplishment with this exposed spine style producing two books with Coptic and Ethiopic binding techniques. Requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6.

  • Sunday, January 31, 10am - 6pm
  • Sunday, April 17, 10am - 6pm


Simple books

3 working hours, all materials included : $50
We still need to write this up. From a grouping of 4 book forms we will do these workshops in groups of 2 methods. Each full day will cover all 4 methods. Great for a parent and child to share together or for a younger person to learn some handskills and pride in craftsmanship. Requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8.

  • Saturday, March 5, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, March 5, 2am - 5pm
  • Sunday, April 3, 10am - 1pm
  • Sunday, April 3, 2am - 5pm
  • Sunday, May 15, 10am - 1pm
  • Sunday, May 15, 2am - 5pm
    Samples from our portfolio: Leonard Baskin | Thunder Road | Cushman invite


Pastepaper primer

3 working hours, all materials included : $70
Use classic bookbinders wheat paste to design colorful paper for book covers and other projects. A great workshop for creating a stack of sheets for use in a variety of personal future projects. Requires a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8.


Classic clamshell box

7 hours + lunch, all materials included : $140.
Learn to measure and cover a custom-fitted library style box. Bring a book that is about 6” x 9” x 1” that you would like to protect with a box and let’s protect it. Requires a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6.