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Artist Spotlight: Nolan Flynn

Crystal Shaulis

Artist Spotlight: Nolan Flynn

Welcome to our fourth Artist Spotlight featuring Kalamazoo artist Nolan Flynn! Every other month, we interview a fellow creative to showcase their work and ideas, and peek into their very own Lake Michigan Book Press sketchbook. At what age did you know that you would pursue art professionally? What helped spur this passion, and how did you go about making it a reality?  There was never really a point at which I decided to pursue art, not one distinguished pivotal time. I can never really think of a time I didn't do art. My wonderful mother was an art teacher and...


Wut. Another book press?

Crystal Shaulis

Wut. Another book press?

Yes, ladies and gentleman, another book press has arrived at the Lake Michigan Book Press studio. Before you ask, no, this was not a 'planned' addition. She was a surprise. Now, I love making these posts because there's always something a bit interesting to share about these antiques. And I'm going to ramble for a bit but stay with me here. You see, I was at home minding my own business when an email popped in from my co-worker, Katie, at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center. She mentioned a man in the UP (upper peninsula of Michigan) called and had a book...


Artist Spotlight: Bethany Houston

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Artist Spotlight: Bethany Houston

Welcome to our third Artist Spotlight featuring Michigan artist Bethany Houston! Every other month, we interview a fellow creative to showcase their work and ideas, and peek into their very own Lake Michigan Book Press sketchbook. You grew up in St. Joseph, MI - a small town on the shores of Lake Michigan. While small, this community seems to foster the arts being home to both the Krasl Art Center and Box Factory for the Arts. Would you say living in such an environment gave you a starting point for becoming the artist you are today? How so? I’m so...


Our fourth press just arrived, an Aamel book press!

Crystal Shaulis

Our fourth press just arrived, an Aamel book press!

  After releasing our newest size book, the HUGE sketchbook, we needed a press that could actually handle a book this massive. The two cast iron presses were too small, and our handmade wooden press, shown below, was large enough but just barely - about a 1/16th of an inch stuck out of each side. Not to mention filling it with more than one at a time was impossible.  Serviceable, but not preferable.    So as usual, I took to Craigslist hoping to find a large press - it wasn't looking pretty. There were some pretty busted presses showing up...


New Suminagashi Prints

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New Suminagashi Prints

Earlier this week I taught a favorite workshop at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center -- Suminagashi Marbling. What I enjoy most about teaching this class is the excitement and awe each student has every time they pull a print, whether it's their first or last of the day. What's also fun is working alongside my students and creating prints for book covers that you see on this site. Suminagashi is perfect for those who love focusing on one thing at a time, but can also let go of their perfectionism. While it's fairly easy to achieve a nice print, it shows when you've been meaningful with your time, ink colors and brush placement. If you haven't tried marbling before, I have a...