Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Beauty of Engraving

"A gallery of exquisite engraving brought to you by Neenah Paper" and Crane & Co.

Everybody loves letters...

"B" from 1923 ATF catalog, Typo Text typeface.
"B" from "Lincoln Crest & Monogram Album.

"B" from 1923 ATF catalog, WeddingText Shaded typeface.
Mid-20th century sample page, Lehman Brothers engravers, New Haven, Connecticut.

Hand engraved sample sheet, ca. 1950s.

“Everybody loves letters. To be fair, most people love letters the way they love air—as something completely taken for granted yet absolutely necessary for getting through the day (or even through the next five minutes, as our obsessive device use would imply). But self-proclaimed typography nerds are burgeoning, and while digital fonts are well and good, the printed word is still—is increasingly—the ultimate form of lexical expression for connoisseurs. Spend just a bit of time poking through shops in Brooklyn, for example, and you are practically guaranteed sightings of some witty and truly wonderful letterpress. There is another level of beautiful, handcrafted lettering, though, that gets far less attention. In Nancy Sharon Collins’ paper “Engraver, communicator of content” she looks at the under-appreciated significance of engraved lettering within the history of typography.”Posted on May 9, 2013 by INTELLECTBOOKS

Friday, May 10, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

12/18/12: The Complete Engraver in Baltimore

Friday, October 19, 2012

Engraving Demos and Book Signing New Orleans 10/20/12

Saturday, October 20, between noon and 3pm, the Hermann-Grima Historic House in New Orlean's French Quarter is hosting engraving demonstrations and a book signing for The Complete Engraver by author Nancy Sharon Collins.

Demonstrations of real, hand engraving will be by Yvette Rutledge and Vince Mitchell, and Emily DeLorge.

Its casual, free and kid friendly!

Hermann-Grima Historic House
820 Saint Louis Street
New Orleans, Louisiana

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Complete Engraver Book Tour Goes Viral

Nancy Sharon Collins is taking The Complete Engraver on the road, as a book tour.

Support her efforts to get the word out about stationery engraving.

A fantastic article was just posted on The New York Times website (though its written as if both MOMA and Clinique are active clients of Mrs. Collins—which they are not—correction forthcoming... ).

FREE fonts were developed by Terrance Weinzierl, Monotype Imaging, from antique engraver's lettering styles just for the project. (The photo on top shows Terrance holding an engraved trade card advertising the fonts. It was engraved by Hart Engraving in Milwaukee, and numbered individually in New Orleans on a Heidelberg letterpress).

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Hear Ye, Hear Ye, The Complete Engraver Finally in Print!

The Complete Engraver: A Guide to Monograms, Crests, Ciphers, Seals, and the Etiquette and History of Social Stationery published by Princeton Architectural Press in September, 2012 and is now selling at Garden District Books in New Orleans, and at a book seller near you.

FREE, in conjunction with the launch, download two fonts—JMC Engraver and Feldman Engraver—developed for the book by Terrance Weinzierl and Steve Matteson, Monotype Imaging, based on original engraver’s lettering styles.

Research for the book was been presented at the 2012 Type Americana conference in Seattle, and will be at the Typecon conference in Milwaukee (August) and the American Printing History Association conference in Chicago (October).  Here are some sample spreads:

“This is for those who love everything fine.” —Marian Bantjes

“As we praise high-resolution screens, we notice that sharpness is not a virtue in itself. Digital is cold. We can swipe a screen, but we cannot feel it.

This book rediscovers the art of engraving, which makes us appreciate paper as the three-dimensional object that it is. … Digital may rule, but analog is far from dead.” —Erik Spiekermann

“If typography has a poet laureate, Collins may well be it.”—Jessica Helfand

“This billet-doux to the elegant and sensual art of engraving is a must for anyone interested in the lost art of fine printing, design, and graciousness.” —Louise Fili

“I’m hopeful that, with this book, young designers will be inspired to create contemporary applications for engraving in contemporary graphic design.”  —Steff Geissbuhler