So Noted: Back to School

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[Laura Shore] Our letterpress friends come from many different schools of experience. Whether you’re a) a refugee from commercial graphic design,  b) an old-tyme type aficionado, c) a book artist from the seventies, or d) a pre-industrial technologist  . . .  you may be ready to reach out and improve your skills, take a sabbatical, or simply find a new community of passionate practitioners.

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Julia Child: Gourmet Correspondent

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[Alyson Kuhn] I saw an advance screening of “Julie & Julia” last week in Napa. I enjoyed the film so much that I was sad when it ended. One little line, spoken by Julie, piqued my interest in a big way. Julie’s husband asks her how the world knows so much about Julia Child and her husband Paul and their years in France. She replies that Julia wrote tons of letters to her friend Avis, and Paul wrote tons of letters to his twin brother Charlie… and nothing ever got thrown away. Oh, really?

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So Noted: DIY wallet

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[Laura Shore] Our hyper-connected friend Lee Moody just sent along a link to a twisted DIY article on the website conceptualdevices.com. Originally designed to accompany the U.K. launch of Wired Magazine, the article gives instructions for turning your recently-read magazine into a DVD sleeve, paper bowl, photo frame, and {my favorite} paper wallet.

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Reflections on receipts

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[Alyson Kuhn] On Memorial Day 2002, I was semi-sequestered in NYC, writing the first half {Paper} of the SpecLogix Compendium of Paper and Printing. I wandered downstairs for lunch at a Frenchy café… and overheard one of the young men at the adjacent table animatedly tell the other about something he had recently read, about receipts and how much context they provide. As a keeper of receipts of interest, I needed to know more, and fast, since my neighbors were almost done with lunch.

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Printing on anything

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[Tracy Smith] If you have ever found yourself wishing you could just design and print your own stationery, fabric or even furniture, then you should get your hands on Lena Corwin’s newest book Printing By Hand. This DIYer’s dream-come-true is chock full of hand-printing techniques using stamps, stencils, and silkscreens. Projects include printing stationery, bed sheets, t-shirts, bureaus and more. Free with purchase: gorgeous photography of said projects.

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Handwriting = Typography

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[Alyson Kuhn] Handwriting = Typography is the title of an upcoming workshop at the San Francisco Center for the Book {SFCB}, taught by renowned

calligrapher Georgianna Greenwood. This notion seems the perfect follow-up to last week’s posts about TypeCon2009.

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