Friday, August 14, 2009

Mary Laird Teaching Letterpress in Florence

Mary Laird, book artist and letterpress printer came from Berekely, California to teach artist books at Santa Reparata. She reconditioned the Swiss printing press at the studio to get it in working order. After her magnificent introduction, the class went to work setting metal and wooden type for a book based on a medieval form of a laced binding with copper corners. The class used Bodoni metal type and and an assortment of wooden type to create the book. The book is entitled, Le Sorelle del Libro and will contain a collection of solar plate etchings created by each student. Mary Laird is proprietor of Quelquefois Press and teaches at the SF Center for the Book as well as in her home studio.

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