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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. ⠀

Currently Scheduled Dates for Hamilton Hangs:

REGISTER for Friday, August 14, at 12:00pm CDT for Letterpress Animation with Barb Tetenbaum & Marilyn Zornado

Barb Tetenbaum & Marilyn Zornado will present animations created using letterpress printing. Barb Tetenbaum has been printing artist books under the imprint, Triangular Press, since 1979 and her books are held in public collections in the United States, Canada, England, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Marilyn Zornado is a director, animator, motion-graphics artist, calligrapher and book artist. Old-Time Film is a letterpress-printed animation short printed entirely from antique news cuts, printer’s ornaments, hand-set type and bell wire on a Vandercook SP-15. Printed, directed and animated by Barbara Tetenbaum & Marilyn Zornado. The film has been shown in over fifty venues including film festivals, galleries and installations.

REGISTER for Friday, August 21, 12:00pm CDT with John Downer

John Downer began training as a sign painter while he was in high school. He finished his apprenticeship after college, then started graduate studies in art at The University of Iowa, where he received MA and MFA degrees in painting. John Downer currently resides in Iowa City, and lectures throughout the U.S. and Europe. His essays on type history and hand lettering have appeared in Emigre magazine and House magazine. Downer’s professional activities include sign painting, lettering, glass gilding, type design, typography, and logo design. He has also designed custom fonts for individuals and corporations.

REGISTER for Friday, August 28, 12:00pm CDT with Jim Moran & Stephanie Carpenter

Hamilton museum staff, Jim Moran and Stephanie Carpenter, will open a crate of blocks or type that may not have seen ink nor press for nearly 75 years. This crate is currently in storage and is a part of the Enquirer Collection at Hamilton. The Enquirer Collection is a group of printing plates, wood type, vintage posters and correspondence letters from Enquirer Printing, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company was founded in 1895 and was one of the country’s premier circus and entertainment letterpress shops. Hamilton acquired the collection in 2015 and is in the process of cataloging the 4,000+ blocks that will not only be printed at the museum but also be exhibited as original works of American advertising art.

REGISTER for Friday, September 11, 12:00pm CDT with Michael Hepher of Clawhammer Press

Clawhammer Press is one of few letterpress shops in Western Canada. It is the working studio of artist & printer Michael Hepher. Working largely in fine-art prints and ephemeral paper goods that integrate hand-carved blocks, typography, and a slightly off-beat sense of humor, Michael uses a variety of process to get ink on paper.

REGISTER for Friday, September 18, 12:00pm CDT with Paul Shaw

Paul Shaw is a calligrapher/typographer/graphic designer/design historian. He taught calligraphy in New York City area universities and design schools from 1980 to 2015 along with workshops in Chicago, Washington DC, California, Italy and Denmark.

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.

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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