20 July 2010

Alcuin Awards Exhibit

The Acadia University library and art gallery in Wolfville are hosting an exhibit of the winning books from the 2009 Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Canadian Book Design, and they asked me to speak at a reception last Friday. I gave a very rambly talk, riffing off the books in the display and discussing type history, manufacturing and many elements of book design. I had printed some letterpress invitations for the event on ends of Saint Armand’s ‘Old Masters’ paper.

When I was in St. Andrews last weekend, Hugh French (Director of the Tides Institute & Museum in Eastport, Maine) slipped me a tube which contained, among other things, a wonderful letterpress poster by David Wolfe. The poster was printed as part of the Hand Line Press’s series of posters and broadsides and features some of the traditional design motifs used by contemporary Passamaquoddy artist David Moses Bridges. The text is in English, French and Passamaquoddy.

If you happen to drop into the printshop this summer, one of the people you're likely to meet is our press operator in training, Matt MacLean. Matt is pictured above, cleaning one of our Heidelberg KORDs.



Rosie said...

It does seem that everybody is into this kind of stuff lately. Don’t really understand it though, but thanks for trying to explain it. Appreciate you shedding light into this matter. Keep it up

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Jas said...

Thanks for covering the event! reblogged: http://blog.alcuinsociety.com/2010/07/books-on-tour.html