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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.

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).

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.


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.

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…


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


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.

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.

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.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Design, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project on April 11, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

My favorite indoor activity of the springtime is here . . .

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

This is the fifteenth year of the festival, and the fourth year in a row that I designed both the 128 page program guide and the broadsheet posters. It’s a great way to figure out which films I might see during the festival.

Below are a few glimpses at some of the printed pieces.

Please know that when there are extra program guides left over at the festival—and so far there always have been—I get a bunch of copies and will give them away during open houses here at the studio. They have interesting essays and interviews and are useful for working on your netflix queue.


Posted in 21st century life, Design, Durham, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on February 6, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

Having worked as a cook during the last couple years of college, during my time at Penland, and during the first couple years of getting Horse & Buggy Press off the ground I have a sweet spot in my heart for the food service industry (though I certainly don’t miss working Friday and Saturday nights til the wee hours of the morning, then coming in to do brunch the next day).

As a type geek (notice I said “type” geek and not “font” geek) I love designing menus. I really feel that, just like the interior ambiance of a restaurant, the aesthetic of the menu is something important to be considered and an integral part of the overall dining experience. It should not be an afterthought (or even worse, no thought).

And I know it’s currently hip and all in some circles to go sans menu and just have a chalkboard behind the bar, or have your scruffy hipster waiter scribble some notes down on your paper tablecloth, but really that’s kind of a drag as a customer. “What he’d say about the fish dish?” “What the hell is that up there in the corner of the chalkboard, does that say beets or beef? You get up this time and go read it.”

as a former Philly white boy soul group said…

In other words, an ink on paper menu is a vital thing at a sit-down-the-waiter-comes-take-your-order type of restaurant. Period.

I’ve been designing the menus at Watts Grocery since they opened up a few years ago (and just a ten minute walk from the homestead!). The menu changes quarterly and is based upon seasonally available locally sourced foods (they do have specials that change daily as well as a blue plate special at lunch).

One of the nice discoveries with the menu project was that we could go with low-end digital color printing and get very successful results (while keeping production costs down). A great surprise was the that digital toner is actually more opaque than either offset or letterpress ink… so we can get punchy, saturated colors even when printing on butcher/oatmeal colored recycled paper.

This year was the first we did a special menu for Restaurant Week

Unfortunately, the Mrs, and I didn’t make it over as we haven’t eaten dinner out for months with our lil baby boy at home (Miles is now four months old and doing great, we may drop a picture here sometime soon). But before too long I think we’ll start thinking about getting a sitter for the occasional date night. Anyway here’s a peek at the restaurant week menu. (this was a fixed price night, please know the normal everyday menus do have prices on them)

update—also below is the upcoming Valentines Day Menu.

Third Friday Event.

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Design, Durham, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on January 18, 2012 by horseandbuggypress


C L O S I N G    R E C E P T I O N    E X T R A V A G A N Z A

this Friday, Jan. 20 from 6–9pm.

Portraits of Farmers by Raymond Goodman

Tim & Helga / Four Leaf Farm

This photography exhibit captures the faces of the clean food movement in our region. These portraits were all taken on farmland, with a veil of burlap between the farmers and the land they work. While these individuals have come to farming from a range of backgrounds and with varying intentions, these farmers have ultimately arrived at a nexus of geographical and philosophical common ground. Day after day, season after season, they set about their duties motivated by a love of labor and by the integrity of their mission.

This fifteen image exhibit extends onto the walls of Piedmont restaurant next door. Please consider taking in the rest of the show over a meal sometime.

Detailed info (and images from) about Raymond’s project

Durham News article by Dave Hart

O N E   N I G H T   O N L Y   S A L E

The medium and large prints (16 x 24, and 24 x 36) will be marked down 30% for the reception night only. This is a one-night-only opportunity.

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Side stage activities & special guests include….

P O E T R Y   F O X.

The beloved and eloquent poetry fox is returning to busk and will be here banging out poems on his manual typewriter for at least the first couple of hours. He may have to leave a lil early to attack a hen house (it is Friday night after all).


T E R R A R I U M S.

Victor Gordon will have a selection of terrariums for sale. His terrariums include mosses native to the wood and barren areas of the NC piedmont. These are made using reagent jars and found/repurposed glassware. With indirect light, the closed system should require very little to almost no watering. Victor is a some-times landscape designer and garden coach. He tends a mixed shrub and perennial yarden with his wife and two children in SW central Durham.

Dovetailing with the agricultural theme, we’ll have beer from a renowned plow to pint brewery at the back table (along with sodas).

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F O Y E R   G A L L E R Y   H O U R S   &    U P C O M I N G   E X H I B I T I O N S


The foyer gallery is open every Friday from 11:30 – 2pm.

Upcoming exhibits…

Eno River Tapestries: New Work by Silvia Heyden
At eighty-four years young, Swiss-born tapestry weaver Silvia Heyden continues to produce stunning, modernist tapestries inspired by nature, music and her Bauhaus influenced education. The Eno River Tapestries represent a selection of new work inspired by Heyden’s hikes along the Eno River. Heyden’s weaving life and Eno River pieces are featured in the new documentary film, A Weaverly Path, by BCAC artist Kenny Dalsheimer. The DVD will be released in the very near future.


Photography/Writings from the most recent Horse & Buggy Press book.
Maji Moto: Dispatches from a Drought.
The newest H&B book publication debuts alongside a three month showing of photographs and writing by Courtney Fitzpatrick.
The book is the result of a year long collaboration and is being published in a limited edition of 175 copies, each of which comes with a photographic print tucked inside the back cover.

Details about the Maji Moto book

The reception for Maji Moto will be Friday, May 18 from 6–9pm.


Paintings by Janet Coleman.

Janet is a former antfarm studiomate and I’m excited to share some of her recent work.

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Blogpost survey of Durham photography shows

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Durham, Event, Friends on December 12, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

John Wall has written a nice blogpost covering the array of photography shows going on in Durham right now. I’m grateful that he has made mention of Raymond’s portraits of farmers that will be up here (and at Piedmont restaurant next door) through the end of January.

We’ve decided to have a closing reception for Burlap on Friday, Jan 20 from 6-9pm which should be a fun time to come by and see (or re-visit) the show.

Whatever you do, make sure you get over to Craven Allen Gallery and see the beautiful show by MJ Sharp. Stunning.

Below are a couple of images couple from MJ’s exhibit. Regular visitors to the BCAC foyer gallery I curate will recognize a few images that graced our walls a couple years ago. A definite treat to see a larger gathering of MJ’s work. If you can, plan to spend some slow time in the Craven Allen gallery and give yourself a great treat.