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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“A visual, musical, tactile project…”

Gahlord Dewald, Julia Ferrari, and Janine Wong, August Quiet Fire residency
Gahlord Dewald, Julia Ferrari, and Janine Wong, August Quiet Fire residency

“The opportunity to work with the other members of Quiet Fire on this visual, musical, tactile project was exhilarating. Everyone brought their A game, working and playing with such focus and openness. It was an honor to work alongside such highly creative artists.”              Gahlord Dewald

Gahlord Dewald is a creative musician devoted to experimentation in acoustic, electric, and synthetic bass frequencies. He works seamlessly through the spectrum of composed and improvised musical expression, often blending acoustic and synthetic sound worlds to create complex textures and soundfabric.

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Quiet Fire Improvisation in Typography and Sound Weekend session

October 5,6,7

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Golgonooza Letter Foundry, Ashuelot Village, New Hampshire

Come experience a Quiet Fire Improvisation in Typography & Sound  weekend session. We will fuse the handcraft of metal typographic composition with improvisational music and sound notation to create a  hand printed, limited edition score. Class limited to 6 participants.

Contact us for more information: Julia@golgonoozaletterfoundry.com

Link to classes and residencies for detailed info.

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Quiet Fire residency

 


Julia,  Janine, Nate

“The Quiet Fire Residency opened up new possibilities both conceptually and creatively in a dynamic environment. A great way to recharge work by collaborating with Julia and others in a project based letterpress edition.” Janine Wong

Janine Wong is an artist whose prints, artists books and collages explore the intersections between science, color theory and music.

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Neumes 25

Title set in metal types.

As part of our residency work-day we had daily discussions on the nature of our collaborative process and got into enthusiastic discussions on how to portray and represent the combination of our activities as a sum total and as a conceptual piece. We had never worked together before in this way and in addition, most participants were complete strangers to each other, yet we were thrown into an immediate and intimate creative process together. The images here attempt to chronicle our collaboration in two disciplines.

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Quiet Fire Type & Sound Residencies

Improv Text setting
Improv Text setting

Gahlord Dewald: “There aren’t many experiences that are encouraging people to live in the moment and experience the physical world for any length of time …the intent of this residency is kind of like trying to put people back in their sensory bodies…“

Julia Ferrari*: “That’s exactly it, and slowing the world, for a certain period of time and then seeing what happens with that… which is probably going to be different for every individual… It’s not something predictable, so that’s  good. … It’s got to trickle out there…”

*Julia Ferrari has been designing, printing and setting with metal type at Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press for 30 + years. Golgonooza, a professional letterpress atelier has produced literary books of length, in fine metal types, both hand set and in Monotype composition. She is also the proprietress of the Enitharmon Bindery, and is an artist and poet.

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