The Letterpress Guild of New England January Potluck at Albertine Press

Sunday, January 20th was a busy day, and a little tiny landmark for Ez and me as well, as it was our first official meeting with the folks of The Letterpress Guild of New England (and the first time Ez paid his dues). Our friend Shelley at Albertine Press hosted, and she urged Ez and I to come. It was a potluck, so we whipped up a big batch of our guacamole to share.

Shelley of Albertine Press

Stacks of colored paper at Albertine Press

After a lot of nibbling and chatting with various people, most of them folks I’d never met before but all generally very nice, we settled down to talk about an agenda for the year. Ez and I volunteered (or got volunteered, depending) to put together a sort of press crawl of the Boston area where LGNE members will spend a day checking out various area presses. We offered to print something as well, though I can’t remember what (dear me!)–Ez wrote it down.

Guild Members. The woman in dark blue–I think her name is Cynthia–was in one of my bookbinding workshops.

Guild Members. The woman in the green scarf does amazing work with Italian papers and bookbinding.

It was interesting just to see what the LGNE is really all about. It’s an interesting mix of people. There’s sort of the old guard, a few people who are quite serious about their craft and have been doing this for a while, some younger folks who work at larger area presses, some people like Ez and I who do this sort of thing as a semi-serious hobby, and then some people who have interned or done workshops who are especially interested in getting more involved in the community. I know we can get a lot out of it… lately, of course, it’s been a little bit of a challenge just to get to the studio, but the print will go on!

This reminds me of all the related things I’d like to take a crack at… There’s a bit in the latest Craft magazine about making paper out of recycled mail. I’d love to try that as we get tons of junk mail and it might be cool to attempt to print on our own paper. There are a couple of marblers in the LGNE and I’d love to do that, too. I tried a sort of lame version of it once a LONG time ago and it came out OK, but I think I need better materials and some actual instruction. And then of course I need to try bookbinding on my own. I now have lots of materials thanks to some generous and lovely birthday and Christmas gifts. So many possibilities!

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