Archive for June, 2009

Eno Festival this weekend

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on June 30, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Eno final 

Above is the poster I designed for this weekend’s festival.

For more info on the bands schedule, who the exhibiting artists and craftspersons are, and other activities, check out the Festival website

Please consider becoming a member of the Eno River Association. It is tax deductible and monies go directly to land conservation work which also benefits the amount of parks and recreation acreage along the river.


Custom Sketchbook

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on June 5, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

I still make hand-bound coptic stitch (hardcover) and longstitch (soft cover) journals, sketchbooks, and photoalbums for those that enjoy the tactile pleasures of ink, paper, and backing away from the computer occasionally for writing, thinking, looking, and drawing. It’s fun going through the studio scraps and making collages of handmade papers, expiremental test printings and other assorted visual detritus. I prefer the collage oriented covers for several reasons. They have more energy than a pristine cover, they aren’t cute (I’m not a fan of cute or ironic for the most part, the world is filled with far too much cute and ironic stuff for my taste), and most importantly it makes the book more user-friendly, it doesn’t seem so perfect that it makes someone afraid to use and quickly get to breaking it in.

The books are hand-sewn with four or seven-ply linen thread which allows the books to open totally flat making it easy to use the entire page, and holds up over hard usage. Plus the sewing looks nice.

Today the book below went out to my good friend Stephen Gibson, who is the author (and illustrator) of City of Midnight Skies, the last book I published in my years at Antfarm back in Raleigh. All of the poems and drawings were made in a few sketchbooks I had made for Stevie over the years after we met at Penland.


Standing up new


City of Midnight Skies is the only book (so far) I published in two editions. The hand-printed and hand-bound edition is out of print but the machine-printed trade edition is still available. Retail price is $13 and for the rest of June shipping is free and I’ll throw in a couple letterpress greeting cards as well.

Info about Midnight Skies

Give me a holler if you’re interested in having a custom journal, sketchbook, or photoalbum made for yourself, or as a gift for someone else.

And yes, we love doing personal letterhead/stationery and note cards. All things ink on paper that puts more personal mail in our mailboxes in between the bills and junk mail. . . that’s a good thing.

More about H&B sketchbooks

Saturday morning, June 6

Posted in Bikes/Cycling, Durham, Event on June 3, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Ride for Clive



Eno Festival

Posted in Art, Design, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on June 3, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

This year is the 30th anniversary of the Eno River Festival. As most Durhamites already know, the Festival is a fun-filled three day extravaganza of music, arts and crafts, and more and is held every July Fourth weekend.

The festival exists to not only promote awareness of the importance of preserving the river, but is a fundraising endeavor for the Eno River Association who puts on the event. Monies are raised that allow the ERA to purchase and conserve lands along the river (which also leads to parks and recreation lands). You are a member of the Eno River Association aren’t you? Membership dues contribute to preserving land and are tax-deductible. If you are interested in seeing the Eno kept in good shape, and you’d rather not see development sprawl right up to the banks of the river you can do something about it by stepping up and becoming a member.

I designed this year’s poster and after going through some stategery tweaks and changes in direction it is at the printer right now. (four color offset)

The beginning point for the poster was to bring the poster size down to do two things….

1. Save money on production costs

2. Hopefully a smaller poster would be put up by more stores and business owners. A 12 x 18 poster takes up less space than a 19 x 25 poster so it can be seen more often across town in advance of the event.

The original design idea was to include two images of the red-shouldered hawk (created by two different artists). And to honor the significance of the 30th anniversary by including a short bit of historical background information. The goal being so that people would make a direct link between the festival and the efforts of the Association, as well as including the history of why and how the festival formed (which apparently a fair number of folks still don’t know).

An early draft looked like this…


This seemed potentially too busy and confusing with including the historical text in the meat of the poster, so then we tried putting the history bit off to the side.

History to side, both hawks

It was thought there was still too much emphasis on the history component, so we took that out in the next round, as well as using a different background image.

No history, blue river, both hawks

While I liked the tension and contrast between the two different versions of the hawk (perched vs swooping), and how they interacted with things in the context of a landscape format, the Festival thought it would be best to go with a simpler poster, so we moved to the final design shown below and which should be up and around town in a few days.


Eno final



Leslie Nivison is the artist who created the perched hawk image.

Festival website here, with more info including a list of the over 80 artists who will be performing.

Interesting art exhibition theme: CALL for ENTRIES

Posted in 21st century life, Art on June 1, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Call for entries, Raleigh exhibition