An Alphabet Book Of Sorts / Soon To Be Hot Off The Press / Pre-Order Today

Wells College Press and Starshaped Press are co-publishing a limited edition alphabet book. Each letter is made up of printers’ ornaments composed by hand and letterpress printed from metal at Starshaped Press in Chicago. Wells College Press will be doing all of the binding. The design and lock up of tiny ornaments for every letter in the alphabet is unimaginable but Starshaped Press has made it happen. The results are absolutely beautiful. This is a book that everyone will appreciate. Expect to receive your copy around Spring 2015. To pre-order now click here.  The images below will help you understand the work that has gone into this project. To the left is a print of the prospectus and to the right is the metal type lock up used to print the prospectus. (A human did all of this with their two hands) A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Reserve a copy today before they sell out!

 

Broadsides for the Visiting Writer Series

The past two weeks the Book Arts Center and the English Department have been collaborating to produce a broadside for the Visiting Writing Series here at Wells College. The Visiting Writer is Kevin Gonzalez who was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He will be doing a reading on Thursday, November 6th at 7pm in the Art Exhibit Room in Macmillan Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The text was letterpress printed and the image was “hand-rolled.” We went to the opposite side of traditional printing to create the image.  We used a tire from a vehicle  to print the border long the left side. Thanks to Dan (English Professor) for picking it up on the side of Route 90. We will have the broadsides for sale at the reading next Thursday. Hope to see you there. Here are a few pictures of the printing process of the broadside.

Book Arts Lecture this Thursday by Richard Kegler

Just Who Is Richard Kegler And What Is He Doing At Wells Book Arts Center?

If you are in the Central NY area you can Find out this Thursday at the 38th Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Book Arts Lecture. The lecture is at 5 pm in Stratton Hall Auditorium (rm 209) at Wells College. This is event is free and open to the public so bring all your friends!

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Artist Kore Loy McWhirter Stopped By The Center

Self-taught artist Kore Loy stopped by the book arts center to share her work and experiences with the bookbinding and calligraphy students.  Loy from North Carolina is a poet, letterpress printer, and an intaglio printer.  She creates many layers and goes through many stages before a piece becomes complete. She showed the students a portfolio of 13 prints and poems all contained in a handmade clamshell box.

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Wells Book Arts Summer Institute for 2015!

SAVE THE DATE!

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We are pleased to announce the dates for the Book Arts Summer Institute of 2015!  Excitement is building here at the Center! We recently decided to add a 3rd  week.

Week 1 July 12th - 18th

Week 2 July 19th - 25th

Week 3 July 26th – August 1st

We are currently finalizing our classes and instructors so keep an eye out for the updates.


Richard Kegler: New Director of the Book Arts Center

Aurora, NY,

Wells College has appointed Richard Kegler as the new Director of the Wells Book Arts Center. Kegler is the founder of P22 type foundry and the Western New York Book Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. As a trustee for the American Printing History Association, Kegler’s forays into contemporary book arts and the history of fine press and printing have been far reaching. Kegler is taking over for Nancy Gil who is retiring from the position this month. Gil has taught French and English as a Second Language at Wells College since 1974 and she was appointed as Director of the Book Arts Center in 2007.

The Wells Book Arts Center has a long tradition of teaching traditional book arts and letterpress printing to undergraduates and for the Wells Summer Institute. The Book Arts Center traces its roots back to Wells College Press which was founded in 1941 by Victor Hammer, who fled Europe during the Second World War and moved to Aurora, New York where he taught art and set up the Wells College Press and his personal Hammer Press. During his time in Aurora, he cut the Aurora and American Uncial typefaces.

Kegler looks forward to positioning the Center into a more prominent place in the current world of book arts. He says of the appointment: “I see great potential in this incredible collection of type and equipment… The student work produced at Wells has been outstanding and I hope to increase the program’s visibility and help guide the program to become one of the world’s preeminent college book arts centers.”

Jenna Rodriguez, our new Victor Hammer Fellow

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Wells College and the Wells Book Arts Center are happy to announce that Jenna Rodriguez has been named the eighth Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts. Ms. Rodriguez received the MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College in Chicago in 2013. While at Columbia, she taught letterpress printing, was an installation assistant and held a Print Production Fellowship in offset printing. Since then she has been a Teaching Artist at Chicago’s Spudnick Press teaching letterpress, relief printing, and polymer plate making; has been a graphic designer and print production output technician at Fisher Printing in Bridgeview, Il.; and has been a private art instructor at the Academy for Urban School Leadership, teaching graphic arts, design and bookmaking to children grades 6, 7 and 8. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Rodriguez was an intern at the Wells Book Arts Summer Institute.

The Victor Hammer Fellowship was established in 1998 and honors Victor Hammer, who taught at Wells in the 1940’s. An internationally known and respected printer, book designer, artist and typographer, Hammer is perhaps best known for designing the medieval-looking typeface American Uncial. The two-year Hammer Fellowship brings emerging book artists to Wells to teach, help in the various printing projects of the Book Arts Center, and develop their art.

We are happy to welcome Ms. Rodriguez to Wells, where she will teach Hand Bookbinding, Art on the Press and perhaps an introductory Graphic Arts course.