These are my ruminations on life, design, and the pursuit of happiness…

Pihs Ho!

At CSULB, I teach Typography and Graphic Design classes. One thing I enjoy doing with my class is introducing them to the history of both by taking a field trip to the International Printing Museum. When you go to the museum, either as an individual or with a group, you get a guided tour through the museums display of antique printing equipment.

It starts with the museums Franklin press, museumtour3
where Gary Mark Remson demonstrates the casting of type, and the quick cooling of type metal.

Then on to the reproduction Gutenberg press, museumtour6where one of the students assists in helping to print a page of the Gutenberg Bible.

We also see the fancy Liberty press,

and everyone’s favorite, the Linotype.
museumtour22 (this photo is from an earlier date)

We then move across the parking lot to the Book Arts area, for some hands on printing. My morning class was having such fun printing, I had to kick them out for the afternoon class!

When you have never printed before, and are setting type, some funny accidents can occur, like this example- he was trying to spell “OH SHIP”, but “PIHS HO” he got it backward!

We al thought this was so funny, that it became our catch phrase for the semester, whenever something went wrong. On the day of the final one of the students brought in a silkscreen, and printed us all “PIHS HO” shirts.

Happy summer everyone!

Rolling in the New Year

Isn’t this the best photo ever of my kids? This was shot up in Bishop, the week after Christmas, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

First – Christmas

Here are the kids, cozy in their jammies Christmas morning. We open our presents and stockings first, then Dave’s brother and sister and their families show up around eleven or so, and we get to do the whole thing over.

This Christmas we even had an awesome ukelele jam with Dave’s sister Erna, Sadie, and our niece Lisa.

Theo received a drum set from Daves brother’s family (it used to be Lisa’s – after the piano, and before the uke…) So he had his own “rockin” Christmas.

On the 24th I managed to bang out yet another birdhouse.

This one in the form of a skunk, for my skunk happy sister in law.

I also stitched up a Hello Kitty barette for niece Lisa.

The next day we left for my mom and stepdads house in Bishop, CA.

The kids had a fun week of playing in the snow,

Making cookies with grandma,

And we went up to Mammoth for a day of ice skating.

While at my moms house, I took a photo of this photo of one of my first Christmases:

That’s me on the left with the crossed eyes.
(Glasses for the next 12 years corrected that problem…)

I also took a photo of this photo of Theo’s first Christmas.
So cute, if a little blurry.

Then it was back home for a week of printing and sending out cards
(7 new wholesale accounts- YEA!)

Then came the crazy rainstorm week of 2010, where we who never get any weather had it up to our eyeballs, and hail to boot.

Dave got a month of work with Disney as an Imagineer around Christmas. That modeling project ended, then he had a week off and was called back for another week, and then that ended too. Hopefully this will not be the pattern for the year, but at least it’s better than nothing I suppose.

Now I go back to teaching, and juggling life, this Tuesday.
Wish me luck!

New holiday cards have arrived!

So after a week of carving, paper ordering, ink mixing,
press treadling madness, I am happy to say that I have 4 lovely new holiday cards in stock.

First we have the splendid Seasons Greetings Penguin.
I sent him out as my holiday card last year, and he was quite a hit.
He is hand carved from linoleum in 3 colors, and has hand set type for the “Seasons Greetings”. Seasons is printed in the font “fortune” later called “fortuna” from the Bauer typefoundry. There is an awesome specimen book of it posted over at grain edit. The greetings is set in “thunderbird” that was an antique reissue cast by
Typefounders Phoenix.

Then I printed the jolly Peas on Earth.
For this card I had a magnesium plate made from my original drawing. I used A&G Engraving to make the plate, I met them at the Los Angeles Printers Fair. This was my first time using them, and I have to say I couldn’t be happier. I will definately be back!

Next up is this sweet card that I call “Dreams of Peace”.
It is all hand carved from linoleum, and I love the retro pink and green color scheme. I might be sending these this year, but I haven’t decided yet. I have another card in the works with a deer with his (her?) eyes open, but I haven’t finished carving it all yet.

Last I thought I would revisit my Hop Pea graphic and reinvent it as a Hanukkah card.
The pea image is printed from a polymer plate I had done at Boxcar Press. I then hand set the star, braces, and type which is “Romany” from American Type Founders (ATF). He makes me Hop-Pea!

So which is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know, or even better- go buy some!