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Maggie
Librarian, printer, dork.
Interests: letterpress, typography, good food
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Hi Yelena, Thanks for the encouragement! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who has had trouble only because I have been a bit worried that I was too harsh on them. I've used their plates with no problems a couple times too, so I don't want to be too one-sided. If I switch over to polymer soon, hopefully we can learn together. -Maggie
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2011 on Polar Opposites at Gamewell Press Blog
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Because it's cold! Ha! In my last post, I covered one of two invitation suites I designed this past year, and this post shows the other. As you can see they are, like the title says, pretty different. Carrie &... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at Gamewell Press Blog
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Oh, hiii. How are you? I really hate it when people say they're going to start blogging again and then they don't. I always think it's better to just pretend like nothing unusual happened. C'est la vie. I'll try to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Gamewell Press Blog
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This weekend I was going through some of the piles of random crap that have been lying around ever since the move. It's mostly piles of papers - photocopies, clippings, printouts, notes - and even with all the space I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2010 at Gamewell Press Blog
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Okay, the title is a gross exaggeration since I certainly hope to print CD packaging again, but I've learned some valuable lessons in what not to do next time and I'm enjoying my DFW shoutout. Basically everything that could go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2010 at Gamewell Press Blog
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Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if not. This blog has been shamefully neglected of late and I, for one, am sorry about that. I've missed writing and experimenting. The usual excuses apply, and I also have that problem where once... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2010 at Gamewell Press Blog
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Mar 15, 2010
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As I'm sure many of you know, New York and the rest of the Northeast have gotten a fair amount of snow lately. Brooklyn avoided the worst of the "snowpocalyse," but this is the snowiest February on record and between... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2010 at Gamewell Press Blog
Oh Debbie! You guys are so nice! I took a look at your blog too - good reading. Maybe you'll be less of a "stalker" now that your blog is public - I never realized how awesome it is to comment until I got a couple on my posts. Of course, if you want to just be a silent reader (perhaps a preferred term over stalker!), that's cool too.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2010 on Orange You Glad I'm Back at Gamewell Press Blog
Thanks Kate; that really means a lot to me. I definitely want to see your studio sometime - and try out that big press! Congratulations on the move up; I sort of figured you's be wanting more than a Kelsey pretty soon. After I'm moved in, I'll be sure to email you.
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2010 on Orange You Glad I'm Back at Gamewell Press Blog
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Sorry for the longer than anticipated blogging break. If you've read the last post, you can sort of guess that I've got a bad case of the seasonal depression. I'm really not enjoying this, the worst winter in several years,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2010 at Gamewell Press Blog
So Rich, you and Keats agree that it's cool if I read a novel every once in while? Well, if a great poet recommends it... (There would be a smiley-face emoticon here if I went in for that sort of thing.) Beth, first of all, thanks for commiserating. It sometimes feels nice to know that we're all waist high in it (or that we'll all die like Keats' lady if I want to take melancholy to a new level!). Second, wow-wee, a 10x15 C&P. That's so exciting; you're going to love it, even though you have to drive to it! Are you going to document the move on your blog?
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2009 on Musings on Monotony at Gamewell Press Blog
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A picture of my sweet shop cat Gus to make up for all the meandering to follow. I'm working on a post about the CD packaging I just finished printing and should have it up soon. Those were quite an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2009 at Gamewell Press Blog
Ah, I'm printing the CD packaging for a friend's album. I'm hoping to be done in the next couple days, so I'll post details and pictures then.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2009 on Look Ma, No Hands at Gamewell Press Blog
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Or at least no hands constantly moving the throw-off between every impression, and no inadvertent double inking of the form while said hands fumble with feeding the paper while treadling. Yes, thank you very much, it looks as though I've... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at Gamewell Press Blog
Oh Asia, I think you and I were cut from similar cloth. I too really do appreciate the little frustrations and victories we get from teaching ourselves how to print, but I sort of wrote this post for all sorts. I know that there are newbie printers who don't enjoy the hobby as much as they think they will, and that is one of the major reasons why I push so hard the idea of taking classes first, even if you have to take a "vacation" to do it. Also, letterpress printing has so many challenges anyway, that classes just seem like a good thing to arm yourself with. Again, it's just my opinion, and I know that some areas of the country have more classes than others. I'm so glad you've been able to print anyway. I took a look at your blog and really enjoyed it - with printing and bicycles and more, we seem to have quite a bit in common. Are you going to show some of your letterpress adventures on your blog too? -Maggie
Thank you Rich and sister (you are my sister and not another Libby, right?)! I was really kind of nervous about my first creative effort for other printers, so your good opinions really mean a lot to me. -Maggie
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2009 on Old Maid Card Exchange at Gamewell Press Blog
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Last month I participated in a print exchange through the Ladies of Letterpress site. If you guys haven't checked out that site recently, you should take another look - it's been getting more active as time passes. While certainly not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2009 at Gamewell Press Blog
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I had an emergency root canal today. Partly this is a good thing, since I no longer feel like someone is hammering a nail through my jaw into my head, and that plus codeine equals blessed relief. However I had... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2009 at Gamewell Press Blog
Wow, Rich! Love the song and it's so very true.
Toggle Commented Aug 22, 2009 on Bye Bye Love at Gamewell Press Blog
Thanks Rich! I knew you would have some good advice with this -we'll definitely check out the Baltic Birch plywood. I think Glendon is planning on testing all sorts of different hard wood, so we shall see how those work with the laser.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2009 on Laser-Cut Love at Gamewell Press Blog
Rich, I hate to shock you, but in NYC the filing fee is $120 - an even bigger rip-off. I decided to take the plunge anyway because of the opportunity for tax deductions. I did have a minuscule amount of income from the press last year and it looks like I'll make a little more this year, so I thought why not make it legal and deduct all those start up costs. Since I now have three presses, I can't see anymore enormous outlays in my future; perhaps just tiny amounts of income.
Toggle Commented Jun 26, 2009 on I got got got got no time at Gamewell Press Blog
Esz - Wow, a Heidelberg! That's an impressive first press. At least with those, the company's still around and there are lots of manuals, right? I'm looking forward to following your progress. Good luck! Jen - Oh, Jen, thanks, but why? Anyway I hope you're feeling okay and hopefully I'll see you soon. You have to come over and see the beautiful Pearl! -Maggie
Wow, Elisabeth is the most generous person ever.
Thanks, Rich, that's a really nice thing to say. Becoming a good printer is the goal, so you're right, it was all in service to that goal. I think that is a fantastic idea for dampening paper, and next time I will try it. I wish I had thought of it before! I bought some Lettra when I first got the Kelsey, just to give it a shot. I go back and forth about how much I like it - perhaps because I don't do huge impression. But since I have it, I use it. But in the coming month or so, I'm planning to start experimenting with a few different papers to see what kind I like the best. Do you have a current favorite stock?