[Bill Klingensmith] My name is Bill Klingensmith, and I am known as the Creative Optimist. MYDARNDEST is the name of my studio and is the independent graphic design business I run from my house in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, New York.
[Alyson Kuhn] Suminagashi is not the formal word for sushi or for delectable ribbons of rice noodles. It is a centuries-old Japanese technique for printing on water a drop at a time. Sumi means ink, and nagashi refers to moving or floating. Papermaker/book artist Andrea Peterson loves suminagashi. She practices it, prints on top of it, teaches it — and uses “sumi” as a verb.
Felt & Wire Shop curator Allyson Van Houten has been selected to jury the 24th Annual LOUIE Awards — which recognize creative excellence within the greeting card and social stationery industry. Allyson joins a panel of 16 well-respected industry judges including representatives from influential retailers such as Paper Source, Kate’s Paperie and Barnes & Noble; industry professionals from Hallmark and American Greetings; and editors from Oh So Beautiful Paper, HOW Magazine and Stationery Trends. For more information on the LOUIEs, visit GreetingCard.org and click the LOUIE logo. [MD]
[Alyson Kuhn] When I was in Kansas City last August, two terrific (and totally different) letterpress shops were high on my agenda: Skylab and Hammerpress. Hammerpress is in an arty neighborhood and easy to find, but Skylab is in a more industri
al part of town, across the river. When we were finished with our tour of Hammerpress, Bob Atkins of Skylab offered to drive over and fetch us. How hospitable is that?!