Improvisational Voice, Chanting and Sound 

Improvisational Voice, Chanting and Sound 

  • Sunday’s 10 am. – 12 noon
  • December 15th, & 22nd

Healing our universe through vocal sound and music with Julia Ferrari

$40. Session

call or email to register: Julia@GolgonoozaLetterFoundry (dot) com

see phone  on  classes and residencies page

 

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Work with our hands

Sound session

Sound session

Julia Ferrari has been making handmade books for over 30 years in the Monadnock region as a co-founder, with her late partner Dan Carr, of Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, utilizing the arts of letterpress printing from metal types and hand bookbinding. As an artist/ printmaker/ poet she works composing books of poetry with original art in small editions on beautiful paper. Throughout this time Julia and Dan regularly found the time to share their skills and vision with students, showing them how to set, proof and print from type. The process of acquiring skill in using their hands taught them the power of art to transform. Since Dan’s death in 2012.  Julia, working solo,  has continued to take on new  students, maintaining the forward motion of the Press. As an artist, she creates one-of-a-kind mono-prints on an etching press. These are sewn (by her) into the hand-printed book, so that each book contains a unique set of prints reflecting a central theme. Julia sees her visual work as the elocution of a language of symbols that express the objects and emotions of human life. Julia is responsible for the design, hand-setting, printing and binding of the finished book, and passing on the craft is important to her. She is currently teaching workshops that blend typography with music in an improvisational process, combining them in unexpected ways. Improvisation for her is a way to avoid stagnancy in creativity, allowing and encouraging students to reach beyond any preconceived limits to a more open, creative place.

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Looking at Garamond

Bembo and Garamond

Bembo and Garamond

Our comparisons of typefaces lesson 2, part of our compilation and discussion.

Robert Slimbach poster

Robert Slimbach poster

And of course the digital is often different from the metal type design. Comparing Garamond with other typefaces and studying its history.

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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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