18 November 2009

Let me count the ways

So, the festival was amazing. It was everything we wanted it to be and more. Thank you to everyone who came out and an extra thank you to everyone who made it to the Small and Independent Press Panel at Bookplate--we were certainly feeling the love. A whopping 47 warm bodies! (as Secretary for the Book Festival, I have access to such statistics) Emily and I had a great time and actually managed to sell 9 books on Saturday--more than I was expecting, to say the least. I hope that soon we will have them available for purchase in Emily's Etsy shop.

We also got to discuss some of the things I write about on this blog: what draws us to printing and bookmaking, what are some problems we have encountered along the way. One well-intentioned audience member even suggested "professional help" for us poor, misunderstood creatures and my answer to that was that working out these problems on our own is part of the thrill of this field of work. I am so happy that we had the chance to debut this project, the very first from Thread Lock Press, at the very first Chestertown Book Festival. It felt so fitting. Emily and I do not yet have any specific ideas for our next project--but we know that there definitely will be a next one. We can't sit still for too long, that's for sure.




11 November 2009

Only three more days to go

We have now completed 36 books (including their fashionable fabric slipcases). They're so beautiful side by side by side on the shelf, I think. We need to finish the last 14 to complete this edition, but it's alright if they're not done in time for the festival. Hooray for paper, ink, thread and glue!

P.S. This gorgeous fabric came from Buttercuppityfabric's shop on Etsy.

04 November 2009

Fall is for festivals

Emily and I have just about finished the 50 book edition of Sleight, a book of three poems and three paintings.  For the past month we have been sewing and gluing whenever we get the chance.  After the book signatures are sewn together, we then tip-in the prints of Emily's paintings on the assigned pages with small amounts of acid-free adhesive applied to a wide strip along the top of the paintings' reverse side, and glue the fragile end papers to the backs of both the front and back covers.  About 20 of the books are completed, only requiring their protective (and fashionable) fabric slipcases.  We will be presenting our first book project at the Chestertown Book Festival on Saturday, November 14th.  We will be participating in the Small and Independent Press Panel, moderated by local printer-poet Jim Dissette of Chester River Press from 12:00PM-1:30PM in the back room of Bookplate on Cross Street.  Emily and I will be sitting on this panel with our illustrator-author friends Robbi Behr & Matthew Swanson of the wonderfully satirical Idiots'Books and local poet Dawn L.C. Miller who publishes her poetry collections under her press name, Blue Kettle Books.  If you actually read my blog, I would love to see you there!  We are very excited and hope this book we have made is only the first of many biblio-centric adventures together.