Behind the Scenes at Third Bay Letterpress

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[Alyson Kuhn] I’ve stood on many a concrete floor watching things print. I can’t remember ever having so much fun in so little time as I did at Third Bay Letterpress, at the press check for the invitation to the Mohawk Show 10 in San Francisco. Here are highly-illustrated details of Alyson’s Xcellent Adventure.

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Paper: The Fifth Wonder

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[Alyson Kuhn] I recently received a used copy of Paper: The Fifth Wonder, a collection of 12 booklets by John H. Ainsworth. The book was originally published in 1958, and the first booklet’s title sets the mood:Paper & You: This Fibrous Age.” The subject was so popular that, when the second revised edition was published in 1959, the book had grown to 21 chapters.

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So Noted: TDR

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[Laura Shore] One of my favorite web pastimes is typing “Strathmore and letterpress” into Google and seeing where it takes me. {You mean to say you don’t do this?} Last week, I stumbled upon Publicide.com in NYC who were showing off some funky business cards printed using a Heidelberg windmill press on Strathmore Ultimate White 130 DTC.

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Cutting-edge paper art

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[Alyson Kuhn] Paper engineer Matt Shlian teaches in the art department at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. But last Monday, he led a workshop for Avanti {greeting card publisher} in Detroit. A couple of weeks before that, he conducted a workshop in Germany for students at The Institute of Microsystem Technology at the University of Freiburg {IMTEK}. I asked Matt how he teaches these diverse folks to fold.

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Paper Art alla Milanese

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[Tracy Smith] It’s one thing to see beautiful things created by putting ink on paper; it’s another thing entirely to see the amazing work people do with paper without opening a can of ink. Look at the paper art presented at the Cloister of the Ba

silica San Simpliciano during Milan Design Week, for instance.

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So Noted: Design Observer Observed

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[Laura Shore] In the old days {before last week}, Design Observer was fairly austere, somewhat hard to penetrate, and virtuous-seeming in a low-contrast hospital-green kind of way. Overnight the site has become a total immersion experience for anyone passionate about design and social change.

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