Category Archives: Press Update

Wells & Sonne in November

The text portion of WELLS & SONNE is nearing completion. Interns and I have set over 100,000 typographic characters – mostly Cheltenham 12 point. Next week we begin printing the first 4-color image that will go into the book. It will require over 400 hand pulled prints to assure I’ll have enough closely registered prints to complete the edition.

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Codex 2013 International Book Fair and Lark Sparrow Press

The work of the press will be on display at the Codex International Book Fare held in Berkley, CA February 10-13, 2013. The Codex Foundation mission is to preserve and promote the hand-made book as a work of art in the broadest possible context and to bring to public recognition the artists, the craftsmanship, and the rich history of the civilization of the book.

Lark Sparrow Press at American Printing History Association

The annual meeting for the American Printing HistoryAssociation (APHA) was held at Columbia College Chicago last week. The print work of Lark Sparrow Press was part of the exhibition program. The organization exists to:

1) To encourage the study of printing history, especially American printing history, in all its facets from a world context to national, regional, state and local interests, and including all the arts and technologies relevant to printing, book arts and letter forms; 
2) To produce and promote publications, exhibitions, conferences, lectures and other functions, at both national and local levels, by which information and ideas relating to printing history may be exchanged; 
3) To foster the development and maintenance of libraries and museums for the preservation of materials bearing on printing history, including specimens of printing and the equipment and materials used in printing; and 
4) To cooperate with other organizations, institutions and individuals to recognize the central importance of printing to humanity. “

Work on Wells & Sonne

This fall I am on sabbatical and with the help of interns am editioning an 80-page, illustrated, letterpress hand-printed book. This summer we have already set over 34,000 handset typographic characters and we are not half way through the book. The text will require 3,200 hand pulled impressions on my Vandercook and the art another 2,200 impressions. I am looking for a bound book release day in late December. (Phew!)

What is WELLS & SONNE – Selected Short Stories by Chelsea Laine Wells and Lex Sonne

To begin with, this is  book of six selected short stories, three written by Chelsea Laine Wells, three written by Lex Sonne, both graduates of the Columbia College Chicago Fiction Writing program and illustrated by Derek Goodman, a graduate of Columbia’s  Graphic Design program. My press, Lark sparrow Press, working from their manuscripts will transform six stories into a 72-page, letterpress printed book with handset type, six 3 and 4 color illustrations,  hand-bound with Rhiannon Alper’s handmade paper and sewn on boards.   With all the art to be tipped in, it will take 5,550 – 6,000 impressions to complete. I would not be able to do this without the help of seven, committed Columbia College interns I will be working with four days a week. I’m hoping we will be done with the printing by December.