TESTIFY: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Horse & Buggy Press project, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress on November 27, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

We are nearing completion on the thirteenth fine press title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint.

TESTIFY: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia
Photographs by Roger May   |   Foreword by Silas House

$65    Publication Date: April

Testify is a limited edition, two volume set of books featuring fifty images (black and white, as well as full color), an introduction by photographer Roger May, and a foreword by Silas House. Interior pages are printed on a high-end Indigo press using 100lb Mohawk Superfine eggshell finish text paper. The covers are hand-printed on the letterpress, and each book is hand-sewn with linen thread. The limited edition of 300 copies is signed and numbered by Roger. The two volumes are presented together with a full-bleed printed bellyband, and include a bookmark and a photographic print (suitable for framing) housed in a translucent envelope.

Excerpt from Roger’s introduction . . .

Testify is a visual love letter to Appalachia, the land of my blood. This is my testimony of how I came to see the importance of home and my connection to place. After moving away as a teenager, I’ve struggled to return, to latch on to something from my memory. These images are a vignette into my working through the problem of the construction of memory versus reality. My work embraces the raw beauty of the mountains while keeping at arms length the stereotypical images that have tried to define Appalachia for decades.

To order the book . . .

please take a look at this Announcement & Order Form, or email dave@horseandbuggypress.com or call 919 949 4847 if you don’t feel like filling out a form and I’ll mail the book out to you along with an invoice.

(we hope to have our automatic online ordering system set up later this year)

Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years. He is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he has also worked as a part-time instructor.

A few spreads from the books appear below . . .

Coal cars spread

Foreword spread

Dramatic blue sky spread

clogging spread

Noisy truck spread

Highway spread

sign overturned truck spread

Annual Holiday Sale / Open Studios Dec. 20

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Art, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Publishing on November 27, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

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Now through Dec 20, buy any H&B fine press book or broadside — or put in an order for one of our two forthcoming titles — and receive a free set of letterpress greeting cards.

—see recent blogposts for info about forthcoming titles

—visit this blogpost for info about Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought, the 2012 H&B fine press title by photographer/writer/scientist Courtney Fitzpatrick, which has been profiled by The Paris Review and reviewed in The Independent Weekly.

—visit our website for info on other recent titles.

To order, please email Dave at dave@horseandbuggypress.com, or call 919 949–4847. Existing books will be promptly mailed out (unless you would like to pick your order up here at the studio). The free set of cards can be mailed out now for orders for forthcoming titles, or when your book ships, your choice.

Feel free to stop by the foyer gallery during business hours, although we recommend making an appointment (to ensure you don’t arrive when I’m out in a meeting or making a delivery)

We will be having open studios as part of Third Friday Durham on Dec 20 from 6-9pm. Our guest artist in the foyer gallery is potter Peter Dugan.

Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (in progress)

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Design, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on November 27, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

We are making good progress on the fourteenth title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint.

Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Translations, Introduction,  & Essay by David Need
Drawings by Clare Johnson

This 224 page interdisciplinary investigation into Rilke’s late work should be completed by late spring.

Poet and poetry scholar David Need has been working on these translations for many years. The book presents the original French poems alongside David’s translations to English, and each of the 27 poems in the Roses series is accompanied by a pen and ink drawing by Clare Johnson. An essay by David, a series of appendix poems, and elaborate endnotes offer additional perspectives into Rilke’s work.

The book will be offset printed in two colors using high-end heavyweight book paper, and the covers will be partially hand-printed on the letterpress with wraparound foredge flaps. Each book will include a custom printed bookmark.

Roses will sell for $30.

For more information or to order a copy, please see the Announcement & Order Form

*Any orders placed before May 15 receive a $5 discount

some spreads (rough drafts) below . . .

Cover

2-title spread

3-Intro spread

4-poem spread

5-Drawing spread

5-Essay spread

7-appendix poems spread

8-notes spread

Poster for Ninth Street Derby

Posted in 21st century life, Bikes/Cycling, Design, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Sports with tags , on September 9, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.
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As a cyclist myself, I was excited to design the poster for the bicycle criterium held on Ninth Street this past spring.

The event was organized by former Duke cycling coach Rusty Miller (he’s since moved down to Greenville, South Carolina).
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Derby poster
This was a quick turnaround keep the costs down project that we were all very happy with, especially the high quality photograph reproductions that Zebra Printing of Morrisville was able to achieve on their digital printer.

**all photos in the poster were taken By Ben Knowles at the 2012 race.

Dialogues Booklet for Center for Art + Thought

Posted in Horse & Buggy Press project, Publishing on September 6, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

The Center for Art + Thought is a unique, web-based nonprofit organization that believes “that the convergence between art and critical thought is a crucial way to generate new modes of knowledge production and creative and critical lenses for understanding and transforming global conditions.”

Their DIALOUGES project brings together a selection of artists, writers, and scholars for a sustained, thematically-driven conversation and this summer the Center commissioned me to produce a fine press booklet of this series’ first installation.

The debut issue “Migrant Musicians: Filipino Entertainers and the Work of Music Making” brings together four individuals in a converstation moderated by Sarita Echavez See. Informed by their creative and scholarly work as well as their own experiences, they reflect on how Filipino musicians have circulated as part of a global entertainment industry. Their discussion ranges from their family memories and mythologies about music’s transportative power to their encounters with the legal realities of Filipino musicians’ experiences as overseas contract workers. As See remarks, the processes of migration and survival transform “living song into living labor”—a process that can disguise and deny the work that undergirds the making and feeling of music.

The forty page booklet was published in an edition of 150 hand-bound copies. The interiors were digitally printed in full color and I hand-printed the covers with black, metallic copper, and silver inks on black paper. Printing on black paper can always be a little risky but we were all happy with the result.

title page…

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Title page

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Spread Participants

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Spread no image

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Spread images

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Spread bios

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It is exciting on projects like this to show people you combine newer digital printing technologies with letterpress technology and hand sewn bindings to the benefit of the publication. And digital printing allows for creating editions in smaller edition sizes (unlike offset) and these smaller editions (usually 100-300 copies) are relatively easy to integrate special touches like letterpress printing and hand-sewn bindings which elevate the status of the publication to show readers the physical act of reading can still be a tactile, aesthetically rich experience.

Design work for documentary film events

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on September 6, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

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Over the last five years, I’ve enjoyed working with Full Frame to design their festival broadsheet posters and program guides. Below are glimpses at materials from this year’s festival, as well as a poster and announcement I created last fall for the biennial visiting filmmaker series curated by the Arts of the Moving Image department at Duke, and a brochure and pitch deck sequence that was created for The Southern Documentary Fund Organization, an amazing non-profit which provides crucial support to help bring to light a wide range of filmmakers’ projects.

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Full Frame 2013 cover

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New Docs Spread

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Essay spread

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Grid

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How Things work spread

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The broadsheet poster is inserted into The Independent Weekly the week before the festival as well as sent to various cities for posting up in windows and on walls. What is shown below is the first reveal after opening the folded poster “cover,” then the second reveal to the inside of the poster (fully opened).

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Full Frame broadsheet spread

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Broadsheet-interior
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The Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series features artists whose work addresses contemporary topics of social, political, economic, and cultural urgency. This past year’s series featured the work of Laura Poitras.

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Duke Film Poster 2012
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Duke Film 2012 Annoucement
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The following link is a 17 “page” sequence created for the Southern Documentary Fund Organization to make group presentations and to provide a glimpse at the diversity and quantity of work they have supported in their first decade.
SDF digital deck low res

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Below is the print brochure. While the Full Frame materials are printed in the thousands on an offset press (and we manage an incredibly tight turnaround time, especially with the 128 page program guide), the SDF brochure was printed on a digital press since the edition only numbered in the hundreds. In each case, much focus is placed into production coordination to ensure the “right” vendor gets the job and that they deliver materials that look great and at competitive prices.

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SDF Brochure front cover

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Brochure spread

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SDF Brochure back cover

Logo, business cards and more for future restaurant

Posted in Design, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on September 5, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

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Downtown Durham continues to be graced with more good restaurants opening up.

Over the past few months, I’ve enjoyed working with Justin Rakes, former chef at Four Square, who along with Scott Martin, will be opening up “The Salted Pig” in the near future somewhere in or near downtown. The menu will focus on higher-end pork based food items, locally sourced along with the produce, and feature a wide array of bourbons.

As they have been working on securing a location, I’ve been working with Justin on logo design, business cards, and event menus.

The current business card…

Salt Pig bus card-white

Hopefully it won’t be too long before The Salted Pig is up and running. It has been a while since I created the initial menu designs for Watts Grocery and Beyu Caffe, so I’m excited to work on another menu design project. Quite likely the interior of the restaurant will feature a lot of reclaimed wood for the furniture and on the walls. Thus, I don’t think the chipboard colored paper stock they initially were thinking of will work so well (warm tan paper on warm wood isn’t all that exciting), so one idea is to have soft pink paper menus for some contrast between menu and wood table. So, half of the initial run of business cards were printed with a soft pink background as we gauge whether this is an interesting idea or not.

Salted Pig bus card pink

Not sure if this will get used anywhere, but the following idea was playing on the ring mark left behind of a bourbon glass…

Bourbon glass ring mark

The following is one of the many ideas played around with in the logo design development. Whether the connotation of a patch is a good thing or not, I’m not sure, but I’m thinking this could make a nice coaster…

Patch style coaster

Justin and Scott have been putting on some special event dinners. This is a menu from an event at The King’s Daughters Inn…

menu

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