Experimenting with Book Form

I worked last week with poet Forrest Johnson, using an excerpt from his poem “Exit from Appalachia.” We experimented with the idea of “reversing” page and binding. It was a real challenge, and I learned a lot.

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Cherokee Printing in September

Jeff Marley and I are returning to the historical site in Georgia where the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper was printed in the early 19th century. We’ll be there in September to print an assortment of work, and we’re looking for Indiegogo crowd sourcing support to get us there.


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{Re}Happening 2014

A thanks to Black Mountain College Museum folks who put together ReHappening. It was an amazing experience for me to learn to work toward developing a paper installation, and clothing, for dancers. Here are some of the images. The dance choreography was by Amy Dowling and costumes by Susan Brown-Strauss.

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Spring to Summer

Thanks to all spring class participants and studio rental folks. August brings the next class, in papermaking. I’m available this summer for private instructional hours, and the studios are available for rental. Get in touch with me if you would like more information.

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2014 Class Schedule

A full class schedule, and studio rental information, are now available. (Look above or to the right.) Let me know if you have any questions. A PayPal option for class tuition is available, and let me know if you have any problems with that. A class brochure in PDF format is below. Thanks for your continued support of SpeakEasy Press, and tell a friend about the classes!

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Workshop at The Open Press

We’re printing letterpress in Chattanooga! At theopenpress.org book, printmaking and letterpress are a part of the cooperative’s efforts. Take a look.

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2014 SpeakEasy Classes

Save the date! Here are the times for six 2014 workshops. Class descriptions and prices to follow. If you have any questions now please contact me. Rental for qualified folks? Starts in April, and I have rates set for hourly, weekly and monthly rental.

Three 2014 Weekend Introductory Papermaking workshops, 9am-5pm: April 12-13, August 9-10 and September 20-21

One Weekday Introductory Book Arts (Print/Binding): 7 Tuesdays 6-9pm, Mar 25, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6

Two 2014 Weekend Introductory Book Arts (Print/Binding), 9am-5pm: October 18-19 and     November 15-16

What’s he doing with that stick? Come find out in intro papermaking.
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Spring Preparation!

It’s a snowy day here in western North Carolina, but I’m thinking on spring. I’m working now on the 2014 class schedule for SpeakEasy Press classes. I expect them to start in March with rental options starting in April. For classes I’ll begin with an Intro Book Arts courses that include printing and binding, and Intro Papermaking workshops. Stay tuned for specific days. I’ll be focused on small classes with 3-4 participants for Book Arts and 5-6 for Papermaking.

I also have a continuing education Book Arts class via Southwestern Community College starting in January, Heritage Arts Classes. Let me know if you have any questions. And I’ll have an evening semester-long Book Arts class at Western Carolina University, as well as a daytime Printmaking class at Southwestern.

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Native American Expo

Jeff Marley and I will be speaking at Western Carolina University tomorrow, discussing our Cherokee printing efforts at New Echota last month. We pulled several good prints from the park’s hand press. Here’s a couple of images of us giving it a try. Thanks to David, John and Donald for their help that day. I received an NC regional arts grant to buy Cherokee type for my own studio, so we’ll soon be able to print in tsalagi there soon.

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Cherokee Printing

You may be interested in work I’ll be doing Saturday 10/18/13 with my colleague Jeff Marley. We’ll be printing in the Cherokee writing system at the Cherokee historical site of New Echota in northern Georgia. It’s a part of their annual open house 10am-4pm, and live streaming of our work will be on www.ustream.tv. The specific URL is:


Here is a recent article on the work:

We just received some new 24-point size metal Cherokee printing type from Swamp Press/Ed Rayher this week, and I used it to set the poem that was written by Jeff, and translated from English to Cherokee by Tom Belt.

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