Just a few days after the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum‘s annual Wayzgoose type conference in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, Bill Moran, the museum’s artistic director, announced that the invaluable repository of typographic history will likely be evicted from an original Hamilton building that dates to 1926. “We don’t know where we’re moving to and we don’t know how we’re going to get there,” he told me.
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From the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print, this video shows you the art of letterpress printing as practiced by a 125-year-old Nashville, TN, print shop. Learn why only a handful of letterpress shops still exist in American and why this one is so influential in the music and entertainment industry. A great look at the craft.
It’s a Thursday afternoon and all is quiet in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Main Street is virtually empty, and there are “for rent” signs in several shop windows. In the last few years, the un-employment rate has been consistently on the rise in the region. Factories are leaving the heartland for cheaper locales and the little town of Two Rivers is struggling to re-invent itself. Jim VanLanen, one of the town’s most industrious entrepreneurs, began developing small museums as a way to bring tourists and industry to the area.
Typeface, Kartemquin’s latest documentary in progress, will bring this fascinating junction of historical and contemporary, as well as rural and urban America together for enjoyment and contemplation. This film will be of interest to art and graphic design enthusiasts, to teachers as an educational resource, and to anyone looking for a film about perseverance and preservation in the heart of America.
Once upon a time, a long long time ago, before computers and typewriters, InDesign and Photoshop, before Quark and PageMaker, even before paste up, we had letterpress. We had metal type and wood type, and typecases and leading. Ornaments, borders, and initial caps. Where all of the individual letters were set by hand. (I’m getting weak in the knees just thinking about it!) Lucky for us, we still have Starshaped Press. Nostalgia is the order of the day at this Chicago based design/press house. Check it out. Drink it in. Drool.