Nov
30
to Dec 1

[ HAS HEART ] project preliminary discussions

Would be nice if some students or participants in recent workshops would read this and get involved with us. Looks like fun.

We received an interesting email this morning from a group described below.

[HAS HEART] is a Michigan-based, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2011 as “Fashion Has Heart” by 8-year U.S. Veteran, Michael Hyacinthe and artist/designer, Tyler Way. Originally united over a cup of coffee in 2010, they quickly discovered the disconnect between their two worlds.

They realized the power of the creative process once Michael met a local quadriplegic Marine who loved t-shirts and asked Tyler to co-create a design that shared his story. Since then, the HERO[series] has continued to pair Veterans with designers for the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion.

Typically, they go through a local AIGA chapter, but there isn't one in Delaware. Actually, I think this might be the first time I've thought of that as a positive. Searching the web for a likely connection, they discovered Lead Graffiti. We only got our new website up about 2 weeks ago so it appears to be working just fine.

Once the 18-month journey is complete, the 50+ designs and their stories will be compiled and published into a coffee table book, curated into a traveling art museum exhibit, and produced into a collection of American-made consumer products whose proceeds will benefit the Veterans who co-designed them.

We readily agreed to be involved and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP : print your own Christmas / New Year's card via letterpress

$120 for each participant with a minimum of 3, 20 additional cards $30.

Includes all materials, lunch, and snacks.

Why pay the store when you can help keep our letterpress studio keep its doors open?. And the card will be an "I made this" card. Print 20 folding A2 cards (4.25" x 5.5" vertical or horizontal) of your design locked up and printed via letterpress by your hands. We set up 4 presses, each with a separate color you can choose. You will have complete access to our wood & metal type collection.

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Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

WORKSHOP : Resolution #1 : declaration you are jumping into letterpress

WE JUST THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE FUN so we decided to give it a try and for half price. When Ray was teaching University-level design courses, a book he loved to use was named, "The Universal Traveler." It broke creative thinking into 7 stages. The first stage was "acceptance" — understanding and accepting the need for a solution. 

One of the strategies was called "Declaration of Acceptance, " and the idea was to declare your creative intention to a person or persons whom would be significantly disappointed if you didn't follow through to give you an extra push. Let's make a typographic card you can send to friends as your personal "Declaration of Acceptance." 

And then sign your name nice and big. We'll even do one for ourselves with you.

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Jan
3
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP : CBAA-related Meander Book

Four people who are coming from Colorado and Texas have asked us to run a workshop for them before the start of the College Book Arts Association national conference. Our plan is to offer our Meander Book workshop, which is the best 1-day letterpress workshop we've ever heard of.

$100 each, includes lunch and all materials.

You'll walk away with 3 copies of the book to impress fellow confrence goers.

  • Collaboration of up to 14
  • learn the meander book form which has a lot of applications for a design student
  • complexity of a 2-color text block
  • encourages spontaneity versus planning
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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

SHOW : Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair

  • St. Vincent Ferrer parochial school (map)
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Lead Graffiti & The Fine Press Book Association, in collaboration with the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Show, has announced the fifth annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair.

This is an addition to the Vintage Book Fair, known colloquially as the "Shadow Fair." It is a less-formal, less-expensive fair held during the same weekend as the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. This year, as it was last year, it will be located right around the corner from the main fair at the Park Avenue Armory. However, it will take place only one day: Saturday, March 10.

Lead Graffiti will be introducing 4 new books : a collaboration between Jill and Deborah Arnold, a collaboration between Ray and Martha Carothers, and a book from each of Jill and Ray.

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Nov
3
to Nov 5

TALK + WORKSHOP : Hamilton Wood Type Museum Wayzgoose

Jill Cypher & Ray Nichols will be hosting our H.N. Werkman workshop and giving a talk about the 5 years of our Tour de Lead Project.  We will also be highlighting half a dozen projects to demonstrate why we really love letterpress as a creative outlet. We will be running our H.N. Werkman workshop on Friday, November 3 from 9 until noon, and then again from 1:30 - 4:30, we believe. We'll be giving our talk at two different times and will add a different ending segment on highlighting about 5 projects that will show why we love letterpress.

Check out the Wayzgoose schedule of events.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

TOUR : UD / English 365 : Studies in Literary Genres, Types, & Movements

Open only to students enrolled in the UD class. Cost is free to those students.

An English 365 class from the University of Delaware will visit to talk about letterpress printing. Each student should have previously completed the hand-setting of a quote in 36-point metal type from our collection. The plan is to have all the quotes locked-and-loaded in the press so the students can print their copy of the broadside during their tour.

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

PRIVATE FETE : VC/UD Homecoming at Lead Graffiti

We like the idea of Homecoming. Lead Graffiti will be having an open studio from 10 am to 6 pm for the past and present students of the Visual Communications Group and their families. We'll be set up for our H.N. Werkman letterpress printing process which is a fun and colorful creative experience for kids above the age of 7 or better. We'll have food, beer, snacks, and some good old VC storytelling. We would welcome it if you were coming to let us know. PLEASE INVITE YOUR CLASSMATES TO JOIN IN. Click in the left column for a map to Lead Graffiti, 120A Sandy Drive, Newark, DE. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

EVENT : Exhibition opening at The Palette & the Page, Elkton, MD

The exhibition, entitled "Related to the Book," opens to the public on First Friday, October 6 and will be on display through October 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursdays from 11 am to 6 pm; Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm; Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm; First Friday Events from 5 to 8 pm.

The exhibition showcases work by the Upper Chesapeake Book Arts Group which is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The group started in October of 2016 with an invitation to 6 artists and has grown to 14 members.  The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and currently includes artists working in letterpress, calligraphy, bookmaking, and ceramics, along with painters and poets—people who are interested in various aspects of bookmaking.

Lead Graffiti will be introducing 4 new books : a collaborative book by Jill Cypher and Deborah Arnold entitled "Chesapeake Meander", a collaborative book by Ray Nichols and Martha Carothers entitled "Electric Fire from the Clouds," along with 2 other books from Jill and Ray.

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Sep
2
9:00 AM09:00

LETTERPRESS : "Meander book" creative letterpress workshop

$75 each with a minimum of 6. 9 am - 6 pm.

Workshop includes all materials for 3 copies of the book, lunch, and snacks.

For a hands on letterpress experience, this creative workshop is a group collaboration between 6-14 students, designers, writers or others who want a 1-day, first-hand experience with creative hand-setting of wood & metal type, printing via letterpress, & bookmaking without using glue or sewing.

For design students, it is a great, very spontaneous, non-sketching design and typography experience.

For organizations, it is a great bonding experience for a department.

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