Monday, May 20, 2013
The Tampa Book Arts Studio mourns the loss of our friend and mentor Leland Hawes, who passed away May 18. He was a lifelong amateur printer and journalist, and one of Florida's finest professional journalists. He is especially remembered in Tampa for his “History and Heritage” columns in the Tampa Tribune, but friends and colleagues around the country will miss him deeply as one of the leading amateur letterpress printers. He served many years as President of the American Amateur Press Association where he inspired countless others with his passion for a well-told story and a well-set line of type.
He is pictured above in his home printshop last year, shortly before we moved his Chandler and Price platen press, together with many cases of type and a good amount of other printing equipment, to a new home in the Tampa Book Arts Studio. His press was a headliner at the recent Florida Letterpress Wayzgoose held here this spring (see the previous post) and we were pleased to have him with us to celebrate. It was a landmark occasion in the short history of the TBAS. As a founding friend he could appreciate the progress we have made in just five years, having moved from an improvised warehouse location to the refurbished space where we can host events like a Wayzgoose. He played an active part in the life of the Studio, as he helped sort type and spacing, offered advice about the placement of equipment, and pulled some of the first sheets printed here. He will continue to serve as an example of how to share talent and passion in friendship and fellowship. He was a friend, an amateur, and a professional in the fullest and deepest senses of those words.
Posted by Tampa Review & Tampa Press at 9:12 PM
Monday, March 4, 2013
Nearly 50 printing enthusiasts attended the Inaugural Florida Letterpress Wayzgoose held at the Tampa Book Arts Studio on Saturday, February 23rd. Among other keepsakes, they helped print the one above on the C&P platen press recently donated by Leland Hawes.
Take a look at these photos taken by Studio associate Sean Donnelly:
And these links to more photos of the day's events:
Jan has her's on Flickr at:
And Melissa has a great web site where she posted her photos:
and quickie tutorial on how to make paste paper here:
And our fabulous C&P master, Gary, posted his on his blog at:
Posted by Tampa Review & Tampa Press at 8:05 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The Tampa Book Arts Studio welcomed guest writer Karen Russell and MFA residency students on Friday, Jan. 3, 2013, for some hands-on letterpress printing just outside "the swamp.” The quotation used on the keepsake is from Russell’s novel Swamplandia, set in the Florida Everglades, and though the ’glades begins a little further south, Tampa has a claim on swampland, too—which makes us all “swamp people.”
Participants printed two colors on the keepsake, using two different presses, and also saw a demonstration of how to make decorative paste papers, watched slides and videos about the letterpress era, and shared a variety of refreshments. This is the third time the Book Arts Studio has hosted this event for graduate students in the writing program—with about 90 participants this time around.
Every student was presented with a portfolio to carry their paste paper samples and hand-printed keepsake.
Retired printer Henry Welhe demonstrates the Intertype to MFA student Charles Wheeler and guest writer Karen Russell.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Fellow printers have recently been invited to attend the first FLORIDA LETTERPRESS WAYZGOOSE at the Tampa Book Arts Studio. The day will be a chance to meet and talk shop—and there will be tables set up for a SWAP MEET and DISPLAY.
Gary Johanson will be on hand to demonstrate platen press printing. Peter and Donna Thomas will display some of their work and demonstrate hand papermaking and their miniature Hollander beater. There will be hot metal demonstrations on our Intertype, Ludlow Typograph, and Monotype caster. We'll also print a keepsake or two that day, with demonstrations of printing on a Washington Hand Press and a Vandercook.
We anticipate welcoming some special guests: LES FELLER, letterpress printer and retired founder of the Printer's Row Printing Museum in Chicago, will be on hand to chat about some of the antique broadsides, blocks, and presses he has donated to the Tampa Book Arts Studio. DON BLACK, of Don Black Linecasting in Toronto will be here to answer Intertype questions and talk letterpress. And RICH HOPKINS, whose new book on the Monotype will be hot off the press, will talk about the past and future of Monotype casting and sign copies of TOLBERT LANSTON AND THE MONOTYPE: THE ORIGIN OF DIGITAL TYPESETTING.
Posted by Tampa Review & Tampa Press at 1:47 PM
University of Tampa students from English, art, and creative writing recently completed the first full-semester course in Printing, Publishing, and Book Arts at the Tampa Book Arts Studio this fall. Along with learning how to hand-set type and operate a press, the students were also taught papermaking, bookbinding, typographic design, marbling, paste paper techniques, and other related skills.
Azizeh Mubaslat, left, and Claire Barley finish up their joint signature for the class project, a hand-bound book entitled Inspiration 2012.
Posted by Tampa Review & Tampa Press at 1:39 PM
Friday, October 26, 2012
The newest donations from Les Feller & family have officially been displayed and integrated into the Tampa Book Arts Studio, located in the Edison Building on the University of Tampa campus. The framed 18th & 19th century posters, broadsides, and playbills were hung in honor of Gordon and Dorthy Martin.
Of special note is an educational display about “The Wood Engraver's Art,” assembled and mounted by Les to showcase the achievements and techniques of this art form. A second panel includes a representative selection of engraver’s tools and instruments.
Posted by Tampa Review & Tampa Press at 2:00 PM
Friday, September 28, 2012
LIMITED-EDITION LETTERPRESS BROADSIDE —
Only 25 numbered copies
Dimensions: 14"w x 26"h
Price: $50 (available from Tampa Press)
The American artist J. J. Lankes is best known for his woodcut illustrations and bookplates for poet Robert Frost. This limited-edition letterpress broadside celebrates the gift of an original J. J. Lankes print to the Book Arts Studio special collections. The Pennsylvania barn woodcut is reproduced together with a quotation by the artist: "The beauty in the best barns, usually of stone, may not be obvious to the casual observer. There is no ornamentation that impresses or holds attention. Rather it is the stark simplicity and the satisfying proportions. It is finding beauty in such an unexpected place that makes it all the more startling. . . . The comparison may be amusing to some, but as a work of art the utter simplicity of the barn may be more satisfying than that of an ornate temple." The text has been handset and cast in the Studio in Bodoni Campanile, Bodoni Black, and Optima types and printed letterpress in two colors by Carl Mario Nudi and Richard Mathews in an edition of 25 numbered copies, only 20 of which are for sale. Proceeds benefit the Book Arts Studio. $50.
Posted by Tampa Review & Tampa Press at 12:35 PM