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New Design Resources at devilsartisan.ca: Endpapers and Type Specimens

If you’re a fan of our Rogues’ Gallery or a regular browser of our Dingbats archive, You might have noticed some quiet additions to the DA Resources section over the last few days. We’ve made available two fantastic collections for your edification as well as for your design projects.

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First, check out our new Endpapers page, which contains a beautiful collection of marbled and patterned endpapers from the personal collection of retired librarian Jan Figurski. There you’ll find samples in a variety of styles and colours, many dating back to the early 1800s. Click on each thumbnail to download a large, print-resolution scan for all your print design needs.

Endpapers page

sample endpapers

Once you’ve browsed the Endpapers page, mosey on over to the P22 Type Specimens. There you’ll find a growing collection of features on unique vintage and contemporary typefaces. Each sample is featured alongside a short history by P22’s Richard Kegler as well as a downloadable high-resolution specimen page. Many of the typefaces featured on the site have modern interpretations, which you can purchase over at P22 Type Foundry.

type specimens page

portraitWhat are you waiting for—check out these fun new resources for yourselves. As these are new pages, we’d love to know you think, so don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

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Canadian Fine Press Exhibit

Don McLeod was back to his old tricks snapping photos at the Canadian Fine Press Exhibit on January 23. The event was held at the John M. Kelly Library, part of the University of Toronto’s University of St. Michael’s College. Scroll on to see what went down.

George A. Walker, Rod McDonald, Robert MacDonald

Wood engraver George A. Walker and type designer Rod McDonald with the keynote speaker for the evening, designer Robert MacDonald.

Stan Bevington and Rick/Simon

Stan Bevington and Rick/Simon of Coach House Press.

Chester Gryski, George A. Walker, Deborah Barnett, Rod McDonald, Robert MacDonald

Chester Gryski, George A. Walker, Deborah Barnett (college printer at St. Michael’s College), Rod McDonald and Robert MacDonald. Deborah and Robert were co-founders of Dreadnaught Press in Toronto in the 1970s.

Rod McDonald and Robert MacDonald

Rod McDonald and Robert MacDonald—not to be confused!

 

portraitHope you enjoyed a peek at this bookish event. Thanks again to Don McLeod for the pictures!

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2018 BOUND Book Arts Fair

The beautiful great hall of the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto was once again the scene of a delightful bookish event for those with a keen appreciation of printmaking and the book arts. The second annual BOUND Book Arts Fair was held on December 9th featuring a wide variety of books, prints, broadsides, cards and more. DA Editor Don McLeod captured the magic with his trusty camera.

Elke Inkster holds down the fort at the PQL/DA table.

Elke Inkster holds down the fort at the PQL/DA table.

Warren Clements

Warren Clements demonstrates some of his wares from Nestlings Press.

Don Black

Bookbinder Don Taylor exhibited some of his handsome work at the fair.

eXavier Peterson

A genial smile from eXavier Peterson of eX Press.

Michelle Walker and Mark Huebner

Event organizer (and Quill friend!) Michelle Walker, with Mark Huebner.

Will Rueter

Will Rueter of the Aliquando Press showcases the beautifully designed (and well-named) Pressing Matters.

 

portraitWe’re so pleased that many of you were able to attend the BOUND Book Arts fair, and find time to come by and say hello. We hope you found lots of literary treasures!

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2018 Alcuin Awards Evening in Toronto

On Monday, October 22, the Arts and Letters Club was the site of much excitement as the Alcuin Society celebrated their annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in recognition of their 2017 award winners. The evening also featured a talk by Denise Lapointe and David Carruthers of La Papeterie Saint-Armand. DA Editor Don McLeod took it all in, and preserved the occasion for posterity in photographs!

A selection of award-winning designs published in 2017 and honoured by the Alcuin Society. Photo by Don McLeod.

A selection of award-winning designs published in 2017 and honoured by the Alcuin Society. Photo by Don McLeod.

Master of Ceremonies Chester Gryski and Coach House Books founder Stan Bevington examine the goods.

Master of Ceremonies Chester Gryski and Coach House Books founder Stan Bevington examine the goods. Photo by Don McLeod.

Grant Hurley of the Alcuin Society chats with engraver Wesley Bates.

Grant Hurley of the Alcuin Society chats with engraver Wesley Bates. Photo by Don McLeod.

The head table, with David Carruthers (left), David Phillips (president of the Arts and Letters Club), Grant Hurley in the background and Denise Lapointe, right. Photo by Don McLeod.

The head table, with David Carruthers (left), David Phillips (president of the Arts and Letters Club), Grant Hurley in the background and Denise Lapointe, right. Photo by Don McLeod.

David Carruthers and Denise Lapointe of the Papeterie Saint-Armand, Montreal. The Alcuin Society awarded them the 2017 Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions to the book arts in Canada.

David Carruthers and Denise Lapointe of the Papeterie Saint-Armand, Montreal. The Alcuin Society awarded them the 2017 Robert R. Reid Award and Medal for lifetime achievement or extraordinary contributions to the book arts in Canada. Photo by Don McLeod.

 

portraitThanks for tuning in to this peek at the Alcuin Society’s exciting awards ceremony. We hope you enjoyed seeing what went down!

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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.