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Anniversary exhibition at CAM Raleigh through August 7

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Music, Politics/Philosophy, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on July 23, 2016 by horseandbuggypress

 

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It’s been a busy past few months, most notably with having a fantastic first stop to the traveling exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and friends!), which debuted high above the banks of New Hope Creek at Cassilhaus during May. Cassilhaus, an amazingly beautiful home, gallery, and artist residency program designed and run by Frank Konhaus and architect Ellen Cassilly is one of the true gems of our area. They put on an amazingly rich and diverse set of exhibits and events at their place. I highly suggest getting on their mailing list.

The H&B anniversary exhibit is now up and running at CAM Raleigh (there are over 200 pieces in the show including all eighteen fine press books I’ve produced, some of which have the last few copies for sale) and there’s a series of talks (all free) with a bunch of the collaborators in the coming weeks.

Copious details on the exhibit and the events at our most recent two newsletters. (if you would like to be on the mailing list, just holler to me at dave@horseandbuggypress.com.  I send out 4–6 newsletters in a year.

July newsletter

May newsletter

Later this summer and continuing through the fall you will see a veritable explosion of blogposts profiling the bevy of book projects I’ve produced in the last few years and a few of the larger commissioned projects. I’m very excited about Journey, a 112 page book of photomontage by Catharine Carter which I just finished printing the covers for yesterday. The first 10 or 20 copies of the edition should be on hand at the Sunday, July 31 event at CAM Raleigh (see newsletters above more info). There will also be a giclee/lettepress broadside edition produced.

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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

The thirteenth fine press title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint has been completed and as of the first week of May 2014, books began out into the world.

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

Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Applachia  is a  two volume, limited edition  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 . . .

Update: April 2016. The edition has nearly sold out.
Original price was $65. There are less than ten copies remaining and they are now selling for $125. If you know a publisher who would be introduced to produce a second printing or to work with Roger for an expanded/updated edition, please let me (or Roger) know.

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

Restored Radios exhibit | reception Friday Nov. 16

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Event on November 8, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

As a print designer and letterpress printer who often pines for some of the aesthetic qualities of yesteryear (like movie theatres located on streetfronts instead of suburban asphalt acreage, neighbors that use rakes instead of leafblowers, those kinds of things), and as someone who is a firm believer in the preservation/restoration of many things, I’m excited about our new exhibit in the foyer gallery.

M A K I N G   W A V E S
Restored American radios from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s by Bob Gordon

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 16;  5 – 9pm

Bob Gordon, age 81, of Asheboro, North Carolina is a restorer of vintage American tube radios. He specializes in table models made just before and after World War II.

This exhibit is a collection of refurbished radios that made brands like Philico, Emerson, Sentinel, and Howard familiar brand names to American consumers and households during the pre and postwar eras.

Over 20 radios are on display and for sale. All have been carefully chosen and expertly restored by Bob Gordon and each radio is accompanied by an informative spec sheet, complete with fun facts, historical tidbits, and the electrical schematic. To put it simply, these things are gorgeous and they work well to boot.

As a young man, Bob honed his skills in electronics while serving as a radioman in the United States Coast Guard. After leaving the service in 1956, he became part-owner of Fair Grove TV and Appliance in Thomasville, North Carolina where he worked as both a salesman and technician. His store earned Davidson County’s only license to sell Zenith, which gave their shop a robust business for several years while the postwar economy was booming.

Bob left his small business to become a high school teacher in 1965. He retired from being the school superintendent for Asheboro City Schools in 2000, and started working on radios again in the fall of 2011. Bob, and his son Victor Gordon, sell radios year round on their Esty site Rockwood Radio.

The exhibit runs November 9 – December 21.
Foyer gallery hours are Fridays 11am-2pm and by appt.

*SALE: Everyone who purchases a radio during the reception, or Sat. Nov 17 during the Artwalk, will receive a free pack of hand-printed letterpress cards.

SPECIAL HOURS

Saturday, Nov 17; 10am – 3:30 pm
as part of the Durham Artwalk

Monday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 30; 11am – 2pm
open every day this week as part of Shop Independent Durham Week

Upcoming foyer gallery exhibts…..

Jan / Feb
Durham School of Arts high school students’ work.
A curatorial collaboration with DSA teacher Carolyn Maynard.

March – May
Bryant Holsenbeck | Animal sculptures and special surprises

The Life of a Handmade Sketchbook

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on June 22, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

I don’t make coptic-stitch, handmade sketchbook/journals quite as often as I used to, but I do appreciate getting to see the life they lead from time to time.


The scene pictured here is the temporary studio space of Meredith Brickell from when she visited her folks. Good company and a beautiful place. (There are rumors of a Meredith Brickell ceramics exhibit here in the foyer gallery in summer 2013 to coincide with Ray Duffey’s furniture/sculpture exhibition at Artspace. Stay tuned.)

While I don’t create as many sketchbooks to sell at fairs and the like, I do still enjoy making custom sketchbooks (as well as photoalbums) for people who enjoy the tactile pleasures of these books, and find them an essential tool.
Please visit the H&B website for more info, or just give me a holler.

Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought. A 2012 Horse & Buggy Press Production….

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress on June 4, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought

U P D A T E

There are only 30 plus copies remaining as of May 2016 and less than ten copies of the deluxe edition.

Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought: Photographs and Lyrical Essays by Courtney Fitzpatrick was the fourteenth title published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint. This fine press book and broadside collaboration was the centerpiece of a multi-media exhibit in our Upfront Gallery in 2012. This exhibit included books displayed on custom cherry wall-mounted bookstands, framed photographs, limited edition giclee/letterpress broadsides, and a large-scale environmental text installation in the storefront window.

Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought
Photographs and Lyrical Essays by Courtney Fitzpatrick
A Horse & Buggy Press Book

Courtney spent 17 months in the remote Amboseli basin of Kenya during 2009 and 2010. As Amboseli descended into, suffered from, and eventually emerged from the worst drought in living memory, her evocative writing and photographs became a personal record of a fragile ecosystem. The acts of writing and making photographs for Courtney— while in a region and a situation few people will ever experience—were both a process of discovery and a means for reflection.

from one of Courtney’s essays…

The sky keeps filling with clouds. A goose down comforter shields this piece of Earth from its sun and one fish-belly cloud hangs low and swollen.

We shiver.

How can these clouds not bring rain?

This drought is the worst that anyone can remember. It has draped the landscape in zebra pelts, laying them out like the watches of Salvador Dali. Stripes melt. Faces seep into the ground, baring a toothy grimace….

I collaborated with Courtney for over a year, shaping this content into a fine press book as well as limited edition broadsides created through an integration of giclee printing (color photograph) and letterpress printing (three colors of text content). The book and broadsides are exhibited alongside framed photographic prints from Maji Moto—a body of work that bears witness to the transformation of both a physical and psychological landscape. The stirring narrative, carried forth equally by words and images, is presented first and foremost through the engaging intimacy of a hand-bound book, a tactile artifact with enduring emotional resonance.

The large-format, 88 page limited edition book is a unique balance of images (over 40 in full color) and lyrical essays (10) that manages to be both a “document” of a rather unique place and time in a remote part of the world as well as a highly personal and poetic account. The book also includes an introduction by Courtney along with forewords by noted field biologists Harry Greene and Donna Haraway.

An excerpt from Harry Greene’s foreword…

“Those of us concerned with the fate of biodiversity are saddled with terrible dilemmas: As humans willy-nilly shape the future, we are bereft of consensus over just what to save and where to save it, let alone how to do so. In the face of shrinking habitats and climate change, with our population burgeoning and the extinction of many species inevitable, what are defensible benchmarks for conservation? And more philosophically, how can we yearn for untrammeled places yet bemoan our separation from nature? Not only are words like wilderness subject to debate, it’s as if within the last few million years, by gaining the capacity to contemplate our fate, we’ve pulled away from the natural world for which many of us profess such longing. Rather than providing direct answers to these tough questions, Maji Moto asks us to think longer and harder, inspired by the luminous prose and remarkable photographs of Courtney Fitzpatrick, a young woman who went to Kenya to study baboons . . .”

From Donna Haraway’s preface…

“Maji Moto draws wonder and terror in thimbleful after thimbleful from the hot springs at the Amboseli Baboon Research Project in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. The life-saving rains did not come the year Fitzpatrick came to mix her sweat, laughter, and tears with the breath of baboons, people, antelope, elephants, and many more. The laden clouds tantalized and withheld, day after day. The pictures show it; the lyrical words etch it into the flesh. The earth is warming; the suspects in this terran crime are flying overhead in thin metal jet shells that split the clouds, but they bring no rain.”

Select elements of the book, including the covers, were hand-printed on a Vandercook letterpress and heavyweight paper is used throughout the book including flyleaf endsheets. Each of the numbered 175 limited edition copies is signed by Courtney and includes a hand-printed bookmark, as well as a frameable, photographic print tucked into a translucent envelope inside the back cover. Below are a few spreads.

Four images from the book were used to create four different broadsides in limited editions ranging from 20 to 30 (depending on the image). Each broadside is 16 x 22 inches with one image and a text excerpt from the book.

Below is a glimpse at all four of the broadside designs.


I was especially happy with how dimensional and life-like the image reproductions came out through the archival giclee printing process, even while printing on toothy watercolor like paper—which then of course beautifully shows off the tactile, letterpress impression of the text excerpt…

Maji moto, and we are in hot water indeed. Glaciers are melting, the wells are running dry, and still there is the private weight and weather of our own days. Where is the aquifer that hydrates your solar plexus? I will pluck out the straws and cork the leaks. Let me lash hinged thimbles to your fingertips. Ten tiny buckets will swing like iron when you walk, heavy with the catch of your rain.

Anna Lena Phillips wrote a great article about the project in American Scientist magazine.

Chris Vitiello reviewed the book/project in the May 30, 2012 edition of The Independent Weekly.

There is a curated excerpt of work up on The Paris Review website.  If you aren’t in the Durham area, this is a good way to get a deeper glimpse into the content of the project. However, if you are in the Durham, North Carolina area I highly recommend you don’t take a peek, so that when you view the physical book for the first time it will be with “fresh” eyes.

ARTIST BIO
An artist whose primary medium is science, Courtney completed her undergraduate degree in studio art at UNC-Chapel Hill and taught photography at New York’s Hetrick-Martin Institute before returning to her early interest in evolutionary biology. As a graduate student in biology, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to study sexual selection and primate reproductive biology in the wild. The scientific results of her collaboration with the Amboseli Baboon Research Project resulted in a Ph.D. from Duke University. Courtney lives in Durham and is originally from both Oregon and North Carolina.

TO ORDER
The signed and numbered, limited edition book is for sale at $140. Broadsides are $120. As with all H&B products, there is a one week, money back guarantee. If you change your mind after receiving the goods, they can be returned for a full refund within one week.

The order form is linked below, but feel free to just call or email your order in as well. I’ll mail the goods to you with an invoice payable upon receipt. It’s that simple.
Maji Moto order form

Maji Moto announcement

FOYER GALLERY HOURS — While the Maji Moto exhibit has been broken down, the book is still on display. Visitors are welcome to sit and have a quiet moment with the book. Hours are Fridays 11 – 2, Saturdays 9 – Noon, and by appt. We also have an open studios event on the Friday of each month from 6 – 9 pm as part of Third Friday Durham.

H&B FINE PRESS LIBRARY — In an attempt to make the book—and spending slow reading time with Courtney’s work—as accessible as possible, I’ve decided to make copies of Maji Moto available on a one week loaner basis for those who wish to read it, but are unable to purchase this limited edition, fine press book. Contact me via email for details.

Thanks to Tim Schrand for making wall-mounted cherry bookshelves for displaying the books, to Craven Allen House of Frames for framing the broadsides and the photographs, and to Mitch Fisher of Fisher Signs and Graphics for installing the environmental text installation.

Books & Broadsides Exhibit at Ackland Museum Shop

Posted in Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on November 10, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

The Ackland Museum Store, located at the corner of Franklin Street and Columbia around the corner from the museum proper, has recently installed a great exhibit entitled “Books & Broasides (First Edition).”

Featuring the work of over a dozen book artists and craftspersons from across the Triangle it is an exuberant, diverse show and I’m proud to be a part of it.

The exhibit will be up through December 18 and the store is open every day. Great staff, great curating, and a well designed space. Definitely worth a trip. The show is much more than just fine press books as there are pop up books, collages, sculptures, and more.

Below is a link to a short video highlighting a few of the works in the show. (you may remember John’s pop up books from an exhibit in our foyer gallery a couple years ago).

Maji Moto — New fine press book project underway.

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Horse & Buggy Press project, Publishing on May 5, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

I’m getting started on a fine press book which I am very excited about.

Maji Moto will feature over forty photographs and ten lyrical essays by Courtney Fitzpatrick (who, after a few phone calls and email exchanges, I was amazed to discover lives around the corner from me in Old West Durham, small world).

Excerpt follows from the Maji Moto announcement (which includes extensive details about the book, as well as biographical information about Courtney; please know that I’m happy to mail out an ink-on-paper version if you prefer)

…In 2009 Courtney Fitzpatrick traveled to the Amboseli basin in Kenya to study primate biology. Over the next year, as she acclimated to living as a guest in a remote research camp, Kenya descended into the worst drought of its living memory. Maji Moto is a record of disorientation, deprivation, and discovery. It heeds the call to rejoice. It is a plea and an apology, a love letter and a eulogy…

Courtney spent seventeen months doing advanced field biology work. Maji Moto is the personal side of an amazing and intense experience that occurred during her stay and scientific research. She turns her camera lens towards the unique, majestically beautiful, and often unforgivingly brutal environment that an amazing array of animals attempt to exist within. Her writing reflects upon the experience and the myriad external and internal forces at play as she shares sights and discoveries not too many humans will witness in their lifetime.

“Maji moto, and we are in hot water indeed. Glaciers are melting, the wells are running dry, and still there is the private weight and weather of our own days. Where is the aquifer that hydrates your solar plexus? I will pluck out the straws and cork the leaks. Let me lash hinged thimbles to your fingertips. Ten tiny buckets will swing like iron when you walk, heavy with the catch of your rain.”

Forewords will be contributed by Donna Haraway, distinguished scholar of science studies, and Harry Greene, world renowned snake expert and leading field biologist.

All orders received prior to June 15 will receive 15% off — and be very helpful in providing some upfront money for what will be a nearly year-long project, the conclusion of which will be 175 hand-printed, hand-bound copies of an at least 80-page book. The book will debut in April alongside an exhibition of Courtney’s photographs here in the foyer gallery. (We are also hoping to secure a few kind-hearted and generous “sponsors” for the project who will receive a deluxe edition of the book, along with a heartfelt acknowlegment of thanks within all copies of the edition.)

All text will be letterpress-printed by hand on a heavyweight, eggshell-finish premium uncoated text sheet. Images will be faifthfully and lovingly reproduced on an Indigo Press, and the book will be hand-sewn with linen thread in a flexible “over the shoulder/extended hollow” reinforced softcover binding by Craig Jensen of Book Lab II. This custom-designed binding allows the book to open completely flat and without stress on the spine.

A photographic print, suitable for framing, will be tucked inside the back cover of each book.

Deluxe edition copies, lettered A-Z, will be housed in a clamshell box with a hand-printed spine label and will feature a second larger photographic print.

Order form with discount for early bird orders

Below are a few of Courtney’s photographs and another excerpt from one of her essays.

“I stopped at thirty when I counted the elephants behind my tent last night. They rumbled and trumpeted and stomped around until I thought Kili’s new snows might shake down right off the mountain. I thought I might march out there with my hands on my hips, “Some of us are trying to get some work done, you know!” But just then fourteen heavy-legged white storks came in for a landing. They turned that dead snag into twilit praise-Jesus church risers with their bill-clattering rounds, and tethered me to one holy moment. They hyenas uptrill, the dik-diks tiptoe, and the mongoose prowl, so I must be back in the shallow bowl of Amboseli.”