Hatch Show Print is still a working letterpress and design shop creating posters today using the same lettepress methods they started with since the company was founded in 1879. Many of the posters we saw were for musicians, state fairs, vaudeville programs and picture shows.
I loved seeing the hand-carved wood blocks that were on display next to some of the posters. Such great work. I tell you, one of these days I really do want to take a class on letterpress. How fun would that be?
But that’s not all, today as my Valentine’s gift my husband got me a book that had been on my wish list since last year, Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books by Dorothy Simpson Krause. While there are instructions on making some book structures, this is really more about taking a blank book and making it your own by using a variety of mixed media techniques. Basically adding some meaningful content to your book structure.
I haven’t really tried doing much of this before, just a book here or there, and I don’t think I’ve even finished one so hopefully this book will inspire me to try again. I think what has stopped me in the past is that I haven’t really paid attention to what I would like to focus on for a project like this.
Anyway, so that’s the scoop. Oh yes, and I still need to finish my book for mystery book group night. So have a great start of the week everyone and more book talk soon.