Thursday
Mar072013

Szia (hello), Hungary!

I am very pleased that my first book, sea, created while I was an artist-in-residence at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, has been accepted into the Fifth International Artists' Book Exhibition 2013, held at the King St. Stephen Museum (in collaboration with the City Gallery Deák Collection) in Székesfehérvár, Hungary.

Museum website: http://www.szikm.hu/SZIKM/index_eng.php

The exhibition runs from May 18th through October, so if you find yourself in Székesfehérvár during that time, please do check it out! A big "köszönöm" (thank you) to the jury and museum!

 

Wednesday
Feb272013

Attention map lovers!

I am delighted to have some of my work included in a beautiful new book exploring maps as art:

Geo Graphic, published by Index Book in Barcelona, Spain. 

http://www.indexbook.com/libro/geo-graphic-1468/

 

Friday
Feb082013

Photo Op blog mini interview

Photo Op is an online site that primarily highlights contemporary photographers but also includes artists working in other media. I was just featured on their blog where I got to share an artistic inspiration from the past, a note on my current ventures, and which artist I'm following in the future. It's a fun site with amazingly talented folks. 

http://pastpresentfuture.photo-op.it/

Thanks, Jamie!

Thursday
Dec202012

Happy New Year! 

I recently completed a piece commissioned by the Cite de l'architecture et du patrimoine for what will be a traveling version of their current exhibition of paper architecture.

Inspired by New York, "Borough" condenses the various types of residential and commercial structures that one would find throughout each of its five boroughs onto a simple square.  Additional photographs here: 

http://stephbeck.squarespace.com/recent-projects/borough-2012/

Photograph by Jeanette May. 

 

 

 

Wednesday
Oct242012

Introducing the platen press

I recently took a class on the platen press at the Center for Book Arts with the amazingly knowledgable Barbara Henry, master printer and printing historian.

Large wheel and treadle-powered platen press
Small counter-top, hand-driven platen press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The platen press (or "jobbing press") is a self-inking, treadle-run press, the various parts of which were invented and developed by numerous people during the early 1800's, but it seems the first actually usable platen press was produced in Boston in 1851. This type of press was used to create stationary, cards, and small handbills (ie, small jobs). Other casual names for it are "clamshell", or more threateningly, "alligator", because although small-ish, it is the most dangerous press in the shop. The two plates open and shut like a clamshell to press the text onto the paper. The printer must remove the printed paper and insert a blank piece onto the plate in the one to two beats that the plates are open between presses. If you don't remove your fingers fast enough, or try to chase a falling piece of paper, your fingers will be smashed in the press. It makes me squirm just to think about it, but the class gave me excellent training and has eased my fears, although increased my respect for the machine and for printers. 

Over the two-day class we were each able to complete a few small practice pieces. It was fun and rewarding and I am definitely falling under the spell of creative letterpress  printing....

 

 

The type is set in the metal chase (frame) and secured with expandable metal quoins and wooden furniture. There is no back, so the entire composition is held in place through pressure and is very sturdy.

 

 

 

 

 

A line from one of my journals

A weekend's worth of work 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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