December 2011 Blog Posts (13)

Full Time Letterpress Position

Our Baltimore-based design and letterpress studio is seeking a full time, detail oriented press operator.

We’re looking for a friendly, quick learner with keen eyes. Experience with C&Ps, Windmills, polymer platemakers, guillotines and mixing ink a plus.…

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Added by Kat Feuerstein on December 29, 2011 at 11:15am — No Comments

Letterpress Cookies

If you're spending time away from your print shop this holiday season and terribly miss handling all that wood type, might I suggest that you make some in your kitchen? Much tastier and less toxic than chewing on the ones in your shop! (unless you're a *really* awful chef)

These are available at…

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Added by Jessica C. White on December 23, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Calendar Swap

Kudos to Angela Stewart for organizing an awesome calendar swap, and to all the members who joined in and made these beautiful 2012 coasters. See more photos, and all of the coasters, at Angela's blog - http://ladybugpress.com/blog/.

January - Fluid…

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Added by Jessica C. White on December 21, 2011 at 1:47pm — 2 Comments

Friday Frivolity: Or maybe not?

Are you the Hardest Working Woman in America (TM)?

A new reality show is currently in the works about ladies of love their dirty jobs, and while I don't get particularly filthy printing, maybe a letterpress printer, typecaster, or papermaker would be just what this…

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Added by Kseniya: Thomas-Printers on December 16, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

MWT catchwords, stars, and ornaments, "Printer Holiday Candy"

The Moore Wood Type Shop is open for business with the first release of new pantograph cut end grain maple catchwords, a lovely eight-pointed star, and pairs of quad diamonds.…

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Added by Jessica C. White on December 15, 2011 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Avoiding chemical solvents

I've been printing almost 30 years and have had some severe reactions to chemical solvents, from nosebleeds to reproductive disorders.  After having to be away from all the chems for awhile I discovered that the orange-oil based solvents (I use Citra-Solv) are really good for cleaning rubber- and oil-based inks and do not affect the rollers adversely. So far I've been using Citra-Solv for over a year and my rollers are still in great shape…

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Added by Diana Prizio on December 9, 2011 at 6:44pm — 1 Comment

"What a Wonderful World!"

Dear Ladies (& Laddies) of Letterpress,

  • Does mixing ink colors drive you nuts?
  • Are you ever trying to match a color you mixed yesterday, last week, last month or a year ago?
  • Does your ink ever dry in the can?
  • Does a thick skin ever form…
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Added by Terrence Chouinard on December 9, 2011 at 6:21pm — No Comments

What to get the printer who has everything: the Ladies of Letterpress Gift Guide!

I can't believe that 2011 is almost over! I tried toiling in the print shop to make myself forget how fast the year has gone by, but really, the only thing that works is . . . buying gifts! Just kidding, of course (do I really have to justify shopping, especially for printer-perfect gifts? I thought not). Herewith an assemblage of things you might like to get for that special printer in your life, or might like to get for yourself.…

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Added by Kseniya: Thomas-Printers on December 9, 2011 at 7:30am — No Comments

YOUR Exhibition registration ends this Sunday!

Hi Letterpress Printers,

as you know we are organizing an international letterpress exhibition for next spring. We are thrilled about all the positive responses and feedback we received in the last couple of weeks and are excited that our Kickstarter project will be funded! In fact, the extra money that was thrown in will help us…

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Added by Kristin & Ben on December 8, 2011 at 9:38pm — No Comments

Collaborative 2012 Calendar from the Chesapeake Chapter of APHA

Hi Ladies!

I wanted to post here about a calendar project I helped organize. 12 members of the Chesapeake Chapter of the American Printing History Association worked on the pages for a 2012 calendar, showcasing all the different ways to print on a letterpress. Each month is printed in a different manner, including hand set type, woodcut, polymer, and old cuts.

We're selling them to raise money for the chapter so we can invite printers and other interesting people to come give…

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Added by Val Lucas on December 8, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Ladies of Letterpress Conference: Audio is now available!

Audio of the 2011 Ladies of Letterpress Conference panels and demos is now available! Simply visit the…

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Added by Kseniya: Thomas-Printers on December 6, 2011 at 6:30am — No Comments

Printing (1947)

Here you'll see an instructive film about occupations, opportunities and technologies in printing before electronics and computers changed everything. And yes: the printing world in 1947 was inhabited predominately by men.
A movie from the Prelinger Archives.

Added by Bertie van der Meij on December 5, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Paper Question

Hello - Does anyone know of a 600 gsm recycled non-cotton paper stock? If not, what is the thickest recycled stock that you know is available? Thanks for your help. - Pamela

Added by Pamela Vaska on December 2, 2011 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

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