Ham at 20 is a collaborative poster project celebrating the twentieth anniversary of The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. For each month of 2019, a new poster (or two!) will be released via the Hamilton website shop in an edition of 50; 25 will be reserved for year-end portfolios that include all prints. The posters are being created by a roster of accomplished letterpress printers and promising up-and-comers starting in the field.
Rebecca Gilbert and Brian Bagdonas, Craft Printing House
For over 25 years Brian Scott Bagdonas has dirtied his hands and subsequently dirtied keyboards in commercial print-shops and newspapers in Ohio, Arizona & Oregon. He operates a private press under the name "fiddleink" which focuses on types and ornamentation cast on his restored 1946 Model 31 Linotype machine.
Rebecca Gilbert has been promoting the craft of printing as a tool for community empowerment since the day she was taught how to properly ink a line of hand set type. She is a founding member and former Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and recently joined the organizing Board of Marfa Community Print.
Together Brian and Rebecca are co-founders of Stumptown Printers, and currently do limited commissioned print work under the moniker "Craft Printing House." They are also both active Board members, founders, and volunteers at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, and have received certificates for hot metal typecasting from Monotype University. They live and work in Portland, Oregon.
What Hamilton means to us:
We first visited Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in 1999, and have returned many times to the site where the necessities for any commercial shop were manufactured. "Hamilton" is an ubiquitous name in any print shop, found stamped in wood and steel type cabinets, printer's tools and furniture. For generations Hamilton's hard-working cabinets have been keeping everyone’s letters safe.
Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum’s programming is an example of a successful effort to bring the communities of artists, workers, educators and historians together in a working museum that continues a living tradition of print. May Hamilton celebrate, preserve and inspire the culture of print for years going forward!