I've been busy getting ready for the Hamilton Zinefest next weekend. I've reprinted and sewn up new copies of the two zines I first published in 2009. Happy Bus and The Bibliophiliac's Little Book of Basic Book Craft Skills will be for sale to prove my zine 'cred'. I've also gone through my old artist's book stock boxes and pulled out a few stray copies of The Optimistic Heart, Boob Book, Cock Book, Five Fossils and Non-Linear Time (plus a few other surprises from my book arts past).
|Inking up a silver ampersand on Phil's proofing press|
|It's appropriate to highlight the ampersand in our collaborative print.|
Phil and I have collaborated to print a poster-sized quote from Flaubert as an aspirational motto for getting the workshop tidy to further unleash our creativity. We'll be selling copies from this limited edition print, along with Phil's signature prints of poems and quotes in mixed wooden type.
Inspired by the Zinefest, I've also printed a brand new edition of my Capitalism Cards, this time as stickers. The original cards benefited from the wide selection of typefaces, rules for printing lines and art blocks that I had access to in my first printing home at Te Kowhai Press in Whangarei back in 2007. Black Fox Press is a much smaller operation and the stickers are thus a kind of austerity version of Capitalism, though almost as much fun as the originals I hope. Who doesn't love stickers?
The stickers are printed on the Adana Press which, with its self-inking rollers and clamshell action, is perfect for making lots of little multiples. The Adana is also small enough for us to bring along to the Zinefest, where we will have it inked up for demonstrations throughout the day. You might even get to pull your own print of 'Drink Coffee' or 'For Fox Sake'.
Whatever I've got leftover after the Zinefest will be available to buy through the internet- I plan to restock and restart my lately languishing Etsy store (and you are always welcome to email me directly about buying anything). Any profits will be going towards the purchase of a new camera: this one is on its sad last days, so that I never know whether I'm going to get a picture at all, but I can be sure that when I do, its probably not going to be very good. Apologies for the crappy photography. Come to the Zinefest if you can and buy some zines and stuff so I can start posting good pictures again!