- Flexibound: 224 pages
- Publisher: Just Vandy (May 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692016104
- ISBN-13: 978-0692016107
- Package Dimensions: 10.7 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,848,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Vandercook 100: Celebrating 100 Artisans and 100 Years of Letterpress Printing on the Vandercook Proof Press Flexibound – May 30, 2012
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About the Author
Heather Mitchell is founder and creative director of the letterpress studio Just Vandy, located in Torrance, California. Heather obtained her BFA in communication arts from Otis College of Art & Design in 1999 and worked as a designer in Los Angeles for 10 years. In addition to running the studio, she has been a faculty member at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles for the past decade. As a graphic designer, she has developed corporate identities and designed books and print campaigns for a broad range of national clients.
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Vandercook presses were manufactured for the commercial printing industry from 1909 to 1976. During that period, more than 30,000 presses were produced. Printing technology changed, and those presses became obsolete, so today there are fewer than 2000 known to exist. Most of these remaining Vandercooks have ended up in studios or classrooms, operated by "boutique," "artisan," or fine-art printers.
For the 100th anniversary of the Vandercook press, Heather chose 100 of these printers and asked each one to describe his or her work and to provide 10 photos showing their presses in their current homes. (Many have indeed ended up in homes -- mine is in my living room.) With these 1000 photos she has created a fascinating glimpse of the new life that these old machines are enjoying. I was surprised and delighted to see the diversity of these printers, and humbled by the creativity, craftsmanship, and productivity of my fellow Vandercook caretakers.
I love the 7½ x 11 inch format, the satiny feel of the cover, and the quality sewn binding, which includes a ribbon bookmark. The layouts keep you turning page after page. I like to imagine R. O. Vandercook leafing through it, a quizzical look on his face, pleased to see his presses still running in the next century.