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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

Crystal Shaulis

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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...


Shoemaker's Children Have No Shoes

Crystal Shaulis

Shoemaker's Children Have No Shoes

    The last time I bound a book specifically with myself in mind was back during my internship days. I was hanging around the studio late one night and did some experimental printing with wood type on the Showcard proofing press. It came out pretty nice and made it into a new journal's cover. I took quite a few photos of it, but it's now long gone.  Since that first journal, the only others I've kept for personal use were 'mess-ups' - books not good enough to sell, but not bad enough to throw away. However, a couple months ago my mom and dad gifted me something...


Artist Spotlight: Chloe Malloy

Crystal Shaulis

Artist Spotlight: Chloe Malloy

Welcome to our second Artist Spotlight featuring Australian sketch artist Chloe Malloy! 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. What is your background in the arts? I would have to say I am mostly self taught. I have loved drawing ever since I was young and enjoyed art classes in high-school. My art is mainly me fumbling around at home trying to develop my own style and was only until last year that I felt like I am starting to achieve this.   Much...


Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU - 1978

Crystal Shaulis

Farewell - ETAOIN SHRDLU - 1978

Last month while browsing reddit, the word 'typesetting' jumped out at me from a link on the front page, with a description that read 'The death of typesetting and its final day at the New York Times". The word 'typesetting' in relation to lead type had never come up outside of my work at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center or the niche online communities I frequent. This was a link to a documentary about the role of the Linotype machine at, you guessed it, the New York Times. It's a short yet insightful film that leaves you with a sense of melancholy. In a foreshadowing interview, one worker laments that the...