These days, the term Movable Type
is more likely to make people think of a blogging platform than anything involving paper, but it used to refer to the letters, words, and graphics typically cast in an alloy of lead, tin and antimony or carved from wood, that could be rearranged by a letterpress printer for each individual job. In an environment where toner serves most of our current printing needs, the endangered art of letterpress printing now has a roving champion. Her name is Kyle Durrie, and she is the proprietor of Power and Light Press
in Portland, Oregon. Back in March she bought herself a 1982 Chevy step van
, gutted it, and then installed a work area and a couple of printing presses in the back. She stocked it with a variety of type and ornaments and she is now driving it all over the U.S. teaching folks about the joys of printing with pressure. Maybe if you ask nicely, she'll stop by your neighborhood and show you how to print
, just like Bi Sheng
first did over a thousand years ago.
posted by Toekneesan
on Jul 26, 2011 -
“When I was a kid growing up I was obsessed with animals and monsters… I’d draw them everyday, and when I grew up I either wanted to be a zoologist or a monster hunter
… When I got a bit older I realized that being a zoologist was less exciting than I had imagined, and that ‘monster hunter’ isn’t even a real job
, so I just kept drawing. I pretty much do the exact same thing
at 29 years old that I did when I was 9 years old.”
Nicholas Di Genova weaves organisms together in pen and ink. [more inside]
posted by emilyd22222
on Dec 8, 2010 -
The Images of Eyes
Gallery exhibits images and paintings of eyes by international artists, featuring work from about 200 artists from Algeria to Zimbabwe. Gallery I
contains figurative paintings, oil and watercolor paintings, portraits, charcoal and ink drawings, lithographs, sculpture, digital, and other fine art content. Gallery II
exhibits nude paintings, so may be NSFW.
posted by netbros
on Oct 11, 2009 -
Michael Mararian creates pen and ink drawings of mischievously macabre babies and children. Meet the dark and wicked little demons in his current exhibit
or explore the world of childhood terrors in his phobias, foibles and fiends
collection (scroll down a few) where humor and horror collide.
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 14, 2008 -
Some are calling it the "Kindle Killer".
(Demo launch video at engadget
.) Plastic Logic's new e-reader, expected to be out in the first half of 2009, does promise to offer a lot that Kindle and most other other popular e-readers don't, like a larger display, big enough to provide a newspaper or magazine layout; touch-based markup and annotation; the ability to read standard documents and other file types without conversion; (promised) Wi-Fi connectivity (including the ability to transfer documents between readers); and last but not least, a screen display that you can hit with a shoe
, and isn't that something we've all been waiting for during these tense times? [more inside]
posted by taz
on Sep 13, 2008 -