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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...


Artist Spotlight: Jenna Voelz

Crystal Shaulis

Artist Spotlight: Jenna Voelz

Welcome to our first Artist Spotlight, featuring Michigan painter Jenna Voelz! Every other month, we'll interview a fellow creative and showcase their work and ideas as well as sketches from their very own Lake Michigan Book Press sketchbook.  What is your background? Did you always know you would become an artist? Throughout grade school I was always known as one of the "art students", being awarded praise in paintings or votes for "most creative in class". I started taking Saturday painting sessions at a local studio when I was 10 where I learned how to oil paint. Although I haven't practiced oil since then and...


What is the difference between a book press and a copying press?

Crystal Shaulis

What is the difference between a book press and a copying press?

After picking up an antique book press, I decided to do some digging to find out the age of this lovely iron piece, or perhaps even find a make and model since this particular press only stated ‘pat app’d for’. After some cursory Googling it was quickly revealed that, well, this wasn’t a book press - and what we commonly know as the 'book press' isn't that at all. They are letter copying presses. But…What exactly is a letter copying press? Apparently, back in the 1800s these ‘book presses’ were used for making copies of letters into blank books. A copying book,...