Saturday, October 22, 2011


Today, I made a card on a manual portable self-inking printing press like the ones from the 19th century.

365-133 Octavofest Library
Day 133/365

As part of the month-long Octavofest celebration, representatives from the Morgan Conservatory (Bruce, exhibition coordinator) and Zygote Press (Liz, co-founder) held a program at the Brooklyn library discussing paper and printmaking at their respective studios.

We learned about various printmaking techniques -- relief (woodcuts), intaglio (acid etching), lithography, screenprinting, monotype, and monoprint -- able to see and feel examples of each, as well as handle some of the specialized tools used.

For many years, I have been interested in papermaking, bookbinding, and printmaking. Aside from binding a notebook over 15 years ago to take notes for a class, I have never seriously pursued those interests. I still have my bookbinding supplies and a reference book, Nonadhesive Binding by Keith Smith. Perhaps I should pick them up and give it a go?

- Cassaendra

2 deep thoughts:

Mrs. L 27 October, 2011 14:33  

Yes! What a cool hobby to have. I've always wanted to try my hand at papermaking and even bought a kit many years ago (that I think ended up in a garage sale :(

Cassaendra 29 October, 2011 21:50  

Hi Mrs. L,

I probably would have done the same with the papermaking kit, mainly because I've read that pots can't be use for cooking once they have been used in the process. Also, I don't have room to lay out paper to dry. :P

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