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Printeresting Events: 2016 Alcuin Society Awards

On October 3, 2016, the Alcuin Society held their annual awards ceremony at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. On hand for the event was editor Don McLeod, who took these lovely photos to commemorate the occasion.

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Camilla Gryski and Michelle Walker

The host of the evening, Chester Gryski, along with Wesley Bates and  Grant Hurley

The host of the evening, Chester Gryski, along with Wesley Bates and Grant Hurley

The poetry honourees

The poetry honourees

The pictorial honourees

The pictorial honourees

The prose honourees

The prose honourees

George A. Walker and Stan Bevington

George A. Walker and Stan Bevington

 

portraitHope you enjoyed this photo essay of this year’s Alcuin Society Awards Ceremony. For more “printeresting” event photos, check out our Pinterest page.

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To Grimsby We Go!: The 2016 Grimsby Wayzgoose in Pictures

Every year, on the last Saturday of April, printers, bookbinders, paper makers, publishers and other book enthusiasts flock to the small town of Grimsby, Ontario for the Grimsby Wayzgoose AKA Annual Book Arts Fair. 2016 marked the 38th year of the fair, and featured an exciting lineup of vendors and a very appreciative crowd. Devil’s Artisan Editor Don McLeod was on hand with his trusty camera, as were other staff and friends of the Porcupine’s Quill. Scroll through the photos below for a peek at the events of the day.

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Tim Inkster, Stephanie Small and Elke Inkster behind the book table.

Tim Inkster, Stephanie Small and Elke Inkster behind the book table.

The 2016 Wayzgoose also saw the official launch of the latest issue of the Devil's Artisan--DA 78

The 2016 Wayzgoose also saw the official launch of the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan.

Hugh Barclay of Thee Hellbox Press was there. He happens to be featured in DA 78!

Hugh Barclay of Thee Hellbox Press was there. He happens to be featured in DA 78!

Talented engraver Larry Thompson of Greyweathers Press displayed his work at the fair.

Talented engraver Larry Thompson of Greyweathers Press displayed his work at the fair.

And we can't forget PQL and DA friend George A. Walker in a very a propos pose.

And we can’t forget PQL and DA friend George A. Walker in a very a propos pose.

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portraitMany thanks to Don McLeod for his tireless photographic efforts. For more photos of the 2016 Wayzgoose, and for images of other cool bookish events, visit the Devil’s Artisan’s Pinterest page.
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It’s Here! It’s Here! DA 78 Is Now Available (and Looking Mighty Fine)

It’s that time of year, ladies and gents. The Grimsby Wayzgoose approaches, and that means (drumroll please!) a new issue of The Devil’s Artisan.

DA 78

Ain’t she a beaut?

The feature story is Tom Smart’s ‘Heading to Palookaville’, a fascinating look into the complex construction of self-identity in the work of Seth (AKA Gregory Gallant).

This essay kind of blew my mind. I know we say that art imitates life, but maybe life imitates art, too. And maybe life is lived through art. And maybe art affects the way an artist lives. It’s an inception-worthy concept that Tom does a brilliant job of unravelling for us mere mortals.

You’ll love the generous use of Seth’s work to illustrate the essay, and you’ll also see a little bit of art leaking into the margins and telling its own story.

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The issue also includes ‘The Story of Thee Hellbox Press’, which grew out of as a series of conversations between Hugh Barclay, Faye Batchelor and Shane Neilson on the origins and anecdotes of the Kingston, Ontario-based private press.

Thee Hellbox Press

You’ll find some recurring favourites in DA 78, including Richard Kegler’s discussion of type (this time, Joseph Blumenthal’s Spiral Type). The Rogues’ Gallery highlights the career of Don Taylor, while Kandid Kamera showcases scenes from the Bibliography Room at the Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, University of Toronto.

And can we all just take a second to awww at the keepsake?

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portraitSo come see us at the Grimsby Wayzgoose tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, to get a copy of your own.

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Eight Print Shop Instagrams to Sate Your Design Lust

You know how sometimes you’re bored and alone and just want to look at pretty things on the Internet? Wait a minute. I feel this could be misinterpreted. What I mean is, sometimes you just want to look at photos of print shops and their products. I myself and guilty of spending an embarrassingly long time drooling over letterpress business cards. To each her own.

Well have no fear! In order to help you meet your daily quota of print-love, we’ve compiled a list of gorgeous print-related Instagram accounts that you can browse to your heart’s content. Bonus—they’re all in Canada!

 

Clawhammer Press

Fernie, BC

Lovely print samples alongside some truly spectacular photos of metal and wooden type. Love the type here »

The makin’ of the forms. #woodtype #funfriday #poster #livemusic #oldtime

A photo posted by Michael Hepher (@clawhammerpress) on

 

Pomegranate Letterpress

Oakville, ON

Their Instagram contains an eclectic mix of posters, cards, design and travel photos. Follow them here » They also have a very nice Pinterest board… Check it out here »

I want to believe. A photo posted by Margot + Joe (@pomeletterpress) on

 

Impressus Letterpress Paper Goods

Ottawa, ON

Whoever manages this Instagram does some pretty impressive (tee hee) and artistic photography. Mostly samples with a few choice shop pics. Be impressed here »

Their Pinterest account is very browseable. I particularly like the studio board. Follow them here »

 

Jackson Creek Press

Peterborough, ON

Creative work with beautiful multi-layered and multi-coloured prints. Experience life in colour here »

 

District Dogs Designs

North Vancouver, BC

Because everything is better with dogs. Find out why here »

 

Fort Heavy Letterpress

Edmonton, AB

Prepare to drool over these gorgeous and detailed business cards. Also fun to see the business-y side to the press, like paper shipments, ink mixing and so on. Start drooling here »

Detail of some fun overprints and knockouts on some thank you cards from today. #letterpress #lettra A photo posted by Fort Heavy (@fortheavy) on

 

Everlovin’ Press

Kingston, ON

Gorgeous colours about on this Instagram account! Cards, posters, and the occasional d’awww-worthy family snap. D’awwws start here »

 

Ink Petals Press

Woodbridge, ON

There’s no other way to say it. Get ready for printing nirvana. Another example of top-notch photography of a great variety of printed artwork. Find your zen here » Also some great stuff on Pinterest here »


portraitHope you enjoyed this look at some of Canada’s print shops. If you have any suggestions for Instagrams featuring the printing arts, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. Also, don’t forget to check out the Devil’s Artisan Pinterest page, where we share some print-shop love of our own.

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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.