Showing posts from December, 2012

A vintage little Christmas

I'm sure with all of my obsessing over typewriters, you would imagine my Christmas list to look something like this:

Sadly, it's actually much more like this:

I am a 26-year old woman, it is 2012, and, yes, I really want a good vacuum cleaner for Christmas this year. Thanks, Santa.

There and back again: a type-in tale

No, I have not been out to see the new movie adaptation of The Hobbit yet. I have been busy recovering from my own adventure. Did I tell you about it? Maybe you read about it all on Scribbling Glue or the Literary House blog. Thread Lock Press's first-ever event, a collaboration with Annie of Scribbling Glue, called "Type-In Type-Out": Chestertown's first type-in and letter-writing social, finally happened! If you were unlucky enough to have missed this crazy night, let me share some of it with you now.

After months of preparation, the big day arrived and we were ready. Annie and I showed up at Evergrain Bread Company at 4:00pm--our cars full to overflowing with typewriters, mailart supplies, typewriter and letter-writing ephemera, books about typewriters and famous correspondences and mailart, custom letterpress type-in stationery, and everything else we could think of--to begin setting up for the big event. It took us a little maneuvering to settle in to our space, …

A History in Six Couplets

Another fabulous perk of my new job? Getting to assist in designing (and even printing) the famous Literary House Press letterpress-printed broadsides commemorating visiting writers. Last Tuesday, December 4, the lovely poet and translator Idra Novey came to give a poetry reading at the Lit House as part of our Jewish Voices series. Her most recent poetry collection is Exit, Civilian(2012). We chose to create a broadside of her poem "A History in Six Couplets" from her book The Next Country(2008). 

For her broadside, I was hands-on in the design process. How hands-on? I got to carve the linoleum block of this broken city skyline! To say, I love my job, seems an understatement at this point.

For more details about the process (and a few pictures by my wonderful co-worker, Owen Bailey), here's a post I wrote for the Lit House blog: "Behind the Scenes: Creating a Lit House Press broadside."

Type-In Type-Out: Chestertown's first type-in & letter-writing social

It's finally here! In just three days, Annie and I will be throwing our big party and you are all invited. 

Presenting . . .

TYPE-IN TYPE-OUT Chestertown's first type-in & letter-writing social
First Friday, 7 December 2012 5:00-8:00pm
 Evergrain Bread Company 201-203 High Street Chestertown, Maryland

A flock of typewriters (Hildegard, Hermione, Hannelore, and Heloise) will be on hand and open for use. Anyone who owns a typewriter is warmly invited to bring it along to this social typing event.
Letterpress-printed stationery created especially for this event will be provided, as well as envelopes and mailart supplies.
Bring your curiosity and be ready to laugh. Make art, play with words, meet people, and enjoy. Walk away with a renewed sense of community and connection, as well as typewritten and handmade creations.
So, if all of that was not convincing enough, "it's the in thing" according to this vintage Smith Corona advertisement for portable electric typewriters. See y…