Sunday, May 23, 2010

Vamp & Tramp

Vamp & Tramp Booksellers have an extensive online catalog of fine press editions and artists' books. It's a great place to shop and to see what's being done in studios and print shops around the world. We are honored that they carry our work and have showed and placed it at libraries, museums and in private collections. The world of fine press is a widely dispersed community and Bill and Vicky at Vamp & Tramp do so much to bring us together- even new comers like us.

Our recent project, the Forest Drive was added to the online catalog.

While perusing the catalog I fell in love with this broadside by Red Hydra Press in Alabama.

Cam's fantasy penny farthing

At Lettre Sauvage we pride ourselves on investing long hours of toil on projects that dig us just a few more inches further into the rabbit hole. You never know when you'll turn that dark corner and suddenly find yourself in free fall through the limitless space of a colorful dream-scape. All we know for certain is that we have to keep scraping.

This Saturday Cam woke up, put on his dashing plaid pants and rubber-toed sneakers, plopped down on his black leather perch and began drawing a penny farthing bicycle.

In his words: "When people used to fall off one of these they called it 'catching a cropper" because you fly over the handlebars and go head first into the ground. They have a high center of gravity combined with a very forward seating position. In my design I tried to mitigate this flaw by sweeping the front forks back and curving the rear axle out, pushing the riding position down and back from the front axle."

Don't you want to be Cam's imaginary cyclist?! This is comfort and charm.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Community Studio Graduate!

Bungalow 36 is a place you'll want to visit to fall in love with letterpress all over again. The charming designs will inspire you. We're so happy to say that the mysterious Bungalow 36 creator first ran a letterpress here at our studio. Now she and an antique letterpress are at the bungalow bringing beauty into the world.