Decoding typeface identifiers

Nick deciphering typefaces

Nick deciphering typefaces

Another day of working on decoding typefaces and their identifying characteristics. We plan to make a small portible cheat sheet for type nuts, to learn identification of types on the fly.

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Deciphering Typefaces

Distinctive Type Features

Distinctive Type Features

Outlining what makes types distinct: Caslon & Baskerville.

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The Transformative Power of Craft

SEPTEMBER QUIET FIRE WEEKEND

coming up: September 7 & 8

Sound session

Sound session

This Workshop is meant to open participants to the transformative process within the craft of letterpress. It is designed to give workshop students a new perspective across disciplines that furthers their ability to problem solve, and see in new ways, shaking up their thinking by diving deep into a process that relies on the use of one’s hands to take them to a new place, creatively.

We work cross discipline to take our work in the letterpress shop into the world of sound, creating an active interaction between improvisational music and the spontaneous use of metal types.

Class limited to 6 participants.

$400.

Saturday and Sunday class.

See Classes & Residencies page for details

Sound session

Sound session

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Type archaeology

Cyrillic

Cyrillic

Cyrillic font, possibly type for Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem we did in 2000.

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Type archaeologists

My new intern Nick and I have been digging through galleys of standing forms to create a record and note the history of the press through the past 30 years. As part of this process we are having to decipher the typeface as well as the project.

Type archaeologists

Type archaeologists

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Golgonooza an Evanescent community

What is the meaning of evanescence, of this ever changing, moving world?

Here at Golgonooza we explore the meaning of  hand work and the evanescence of art, both in the visual and natural world.

Students will participate in the vital flow of craft and typography through the use of their hands, and intellect. They will develop their eye for design and discuss ideas related to an evanescent topic of the moment.

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The Gardens of Golgonooza

Garden Harvests

Garden Harvests

Back when the Press was first being established in Ashuelot, New Hampshire, probably our first year here, I stumbled across a reference to Alan Chadwick and French Intensive gardening. This property was pretty bleak when we arrived, with nettles and burdock waist high in the back yard. I wanted to garden so Dan and I double dug and planted raised beds in the back of the property. We acquired bins of chicken manure and filled our Vega hatchback, weighing down the vehicle to the axels. We had an amazing harvest that year. That fall we even left in some carrots to harvest in the winter, but when the winter came, our elderly neighbor Mr Napierkowski, had his man plow the driveway as usual, which entailed plowing across our backyard to get rid of the excess snow. Well that took the tops off our raised beds and we felt quite down about that loss of effort. The Press has kept its gardens going despite that setback.

Part of the cross disciplinary, whole-world approach of the Press incorporates the outside world with its wonder and mystery of plant life, integrated into the inside world of art and typographic creativity. The French Intensive Biodynamic gardens of the great, late, Alan Chadwick continues to be an inspiration here, and has been for the last 30 years. His approach to life strikes a note that infuses us with energy and vitality for the life of the creative human— active and responsive to our surroundings. Students will be exposed to work in the vegetable and flower gardens as part of their training to be in touch with their own inner life, as they explore the physical world of letterpress, typography, design, & art on paper.

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The International School of Typography & Letters

Golgonooza Letter Foundry is the location for its teaching branch: The International School of Typography & Letters.

Here we offer classes in Letterpress Typography, Improvisation, Book making, Artist Book making, and Word related arts and media.

See our classes section for more info.

Typography in the wild

Typography in the wild

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Intern interviews— “Nowhere else will you find the same connection to art, craft and nature.”

 

“Here at Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press we embrace and incorporate in our teaching an awareness of our physical world: a world of creativity, spirituality, and art.

The practice of craft through the use of our hands provides a fundamental entry into our expansive and changing universe.”

                                                            Julia Ferrari, Founder

Student intern position: Golgonooza has one position open for a 6 week student intern stay. Interns will be asked to work within the full range of Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press’s needs, from working and learning in the press or bindery, to helping with occasional workshops, to putting in some time in the surrounding plant world.

This continues to comprise the unique and authentic whole experience of the Golgonooza artistic environment. We feel that all the parts are one with the whole, and endeavor to be present with the life of the press and its location in its deepest sense. Making tea from our gardens, binding hand printed pages, gathering fresh herbs & vegetables for lunch from our small garden, printing letterpress, or filling vases with fresh flowers that are blooming around the building helps create a special indoor/outdoor connection. Combining craft with the natural growing world that surrounds us, helps to ground yourself and your purpose in life. Nowhere else will you quite find the same connection to art, craft and nature.

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Connor Eller works on his Tiny House at Golgonooza site

Connor Eller at Golgonooza

Connor Eller at Golgonooza

Connor Eller has been helping at Golgonooza for the past 2 and a half months, working around the property, taming the gardens and repairing doors and other things while he built the inside of his house and shingled it. His help has been invaluable here, and as he has now taken the tiny house to northern NH recently, I will miss him and his always delightful presence.

 

Connor Eller at Golgonooza

Connor Eller at Golgonooza

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