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Hamilton Hang

We miss you on a normal basis, but with all this social distancing we really want to see your smiling faces. So, please plan to join us for a Zoom call (or two or three) so we can chat for a bit. We are asking some of our friends from the print, design, and type worlds to be our guest and co-host for each zoom call. So we can see what they are up to and find out how you're doing.

Attendees: You. Open to the first 100 friends that join us.

Topic: What are our guest co-hosts doing? What are you up to? What are you making?

Duration: About an hour-ish.

Note: Meeting recorded and distributed for posterity's sake. ⠀

Hamilton Hangs are supported in part with the generosity of Hoefler&Co. Check out their amazing collection of fonts at

Currently Scheduled Dates for Hamilton Hangs:

REGISTER for Friday, September 25, 12:00pm CDT with Lead Graffiti

Staffed by Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher, Lead Graffiti straddles the worlds of a working museum and a letterpress testing laboratory. They each have a professional graphic designer's background of over 35 years. Then they started doing letterpress. Consequently, they're always trying to push the envelope to see what interesting thing letterpress can do next, looking for things that aren't like what others are doing, be it creative or technical. Their studio is 2,200 square feet and is equipped with 2 iron handpresses, 2 Vandercook presses, floor model and table top platens, an Intertype line caster, and all of the supporting materials that support letterpress printing and bookmaking.

REGISTER for Friday, October 2, 12:00pm CDT for Hamilton Type Cutting with George Liesch & Jen Anne

Learn about the process of manufacturing wood type at Hamilton. Type Cutter, Georgie Liesch, and her apprentice, Jen Anne will be sharing how wood type is created from maple half-rounds using an original pantograph from the Hamilton Manufacturing Co.

REGISTER for Friday, October 16, 12:00pm CDT with Frank Baseman at Base Press

As the Proprietor and Printer of Base Press, Frank Baseman is also the Creative Director and Principal of Baseman Design Associates, an award-winning, interdisciplinary Graphic Design firm providing strategic design thinking through visual communication solutions to a variety of businesses, corporations and institutions. Frank has been working in the graphic design profession for over three decades. Frank Baseman is a Professor in the Visual Design Communication program at Thomas Jefferson University; where he has been teaching graphic design courses since 1998.

REGISTER for Friday, November 13, 12:00pm CDT with Sarah Matthews

Sarah Matthews is a full-time artist and currently teaches bookbinding and printmaking at Frederick Book Arts Center & Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. She is a MA Art & the Book graduate from the Corcoran College of Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Matthews also received an MBA with a Marketing Concentration in 2005 and a BS in Sociology in 2000 from Bowie State University in Bowie, MD. Matthews’ work has been exhibited in the US and is a part of the permanent collections of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, George Washington University’s Gelman Library, University of Puget Sound, and Samford University.

REGISTER for Friday, December 4, 12:00pm CST with Julie Chen of Flying Fish Press

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for 30 years. Her books combine text and image with innovative book structures to create reading experiences that engage the reader in interactions that go far beyond the simple turning of a page.

REGISTER for Friday, December 18, 12:00pm CST with Tom Walker of Ramicack Press

Tom Walker has been a professional designer for over 25 years. He has also taught at the university level for a decade. Printing has alway been a part of that professional practice and teaching. Walker is now doing more personal artistic and job printing after assembling a modest personal collection of type and a few presses over the last several years. Recent print work and workshops have explored themes of ornament and pattern. Through a life in design he's also been intrigued by the technical aspects of printing, the engraved image, stamps and currency.


Don't miss the earlier Hamilton Hangs we've had:

Watch previous Hamilton Hangs in the playlist on our YouTube page. We are constantly adding more full chats and tid-bits.


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