Lead Graffiti enjoys wide-ranging connections to a variety of people and organizations through social media and workshop offerings to student and professional designers and writers, and through our links with the University of Delaware and the American Printing History Association.
Today, our connection to the U of DE and the Delaware Bibliophiles added a new relationship to FABS.
The Fellowship for American Bibliographic Societies (FABS} is holding their annual conference at the University this weekend. Today brought a lively group to Lead Graffiti to talk books and breathe some creative and rarified bookmaking air.
Emphasizing our interest in experimentation with the standard set of operating rules, we introduced Lead Graffiti as a "letterpress lab of sorts," which received a noticeable laugh to start things off. Typically, we show visitors a range of our commercial letterpress samples and personal work. Today as a deliberate point of departure, we displayed only books. Discussion was aimed at a very knowledgeable audience of book lovers and collectors, making the day agreeably different and especially enjoyable.
Here is a listing of the items we had on our tables for perusal.
Lead Graffiti's book work:
- Electric Fire from the Clouds
- Chesapeake Meander
- Moments Carved in Paper #1 : The Librarian Made Us Do it!
- Moments Carved in Paper #2 : EifleS!
- Moments Carved in Paper #3 : Switching On
- Moments Carved in Paper #4 : Endurance Letterpress
- Leonard Baskin : Art from the Gift of Alfred Appel, Jr.
- Boxcar Poems 1 - 12 by John Dorsey
- Thunder Road by Nick Hornby & Bruce Springsteen
- Histories of Newark : 1758 - 2008
Goosebump curios (to us anyway) from our collection:
- Genesis 1 : 1 folio from the Doves Bible
- Ballet by Alexey Brodovitch
- An uncut copy of An Essay on Typography by Eric Gill
- Portraits of Presses by Whittington Press
- Sheet from Ornamented Types printed by Ian Mortimer
- Projet #39, a 1927 handset student project from the Laboratory Press
Here are a few photos from the gathering.
Several attendees purchased books and it appears that we might get 1 or 2 commissions that sound most interesting. All in all a FABS-ulous day at Lead Graffiti.