Laurie Kitzke, Ivan Snyder, and I got the band back together for a pretty small but sweet April Bundle yesterday. I mailed it off this morning. It was so nice to have help going around the table, so nice to have some conversation (masks on, windows open, some vaccinations!), and also, Laurie printed the springy picture on the envelopes for me. We quickly got the bundle done, and then headed over to Twyla Lawson's office. Twyla is the widow of Jiyani Lawson, and she let him have a small letterpress studio at her office, in addition to his large one at home. She now needs help giving his letterpress equipment away (he apparently has an entire case of Japanese type?), and we were happy to take what we could put to good use. I got some really interesting linoleum blocks like the one in the photo, that maybe were carved by Jiyani, or maybe picked up somewhere. It was so touching to see his press set up with the last thing he printed, a Christmas card. Jiyani is who signed me up for the AAPA when he saw me printing at the IPRC in 2007, so it is an honor to be able to use some of his type. I love this history being passed down and around, printer to printer.
I hope you are all having a nice spring. If you notice, there is an actual shadow in the photograph, which means the sun has made a rare appearance here in Portland. I want to remind people that my mailing term will be up at the end of this year, and that we will be looking for someone to fill these hard-working shoes. I'll write a more detailed news item about what being the mailer entails, but for now, if you are curious about it and have any questions, please feel free to get in contact with me.
Thanks everyone, Heather
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