Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Engraving Moments at TypeCon 2011 in New Orleans

TypeCon, North America's premier typography conference that, this year, will be in the storied French Quarter section of New Orleans, features some engraving moments.

TypeCon runs from July 5-10 at the Sonesta Hotel. The first part of the week is specialized typographic, letterpress, calligraphic and book arts workshops interspersed with evening libations, entertainment and education.

The main program begins Friday morning, July 8. At 8:40am, master lettering artist and engraver, Yvette Rutledge presents, Analog Dialog / Painting signs in New Orleans and at 10:30am, Mrs. Collins presents engraved treasures from The Historic New Orleans Collection.

Specimens shown are from The Collection's Williams Research Center. " 410 Chartres Street in January 1996. After an extensive restoration, the Williams Research Center (WRC) serves as The Collection's research facility. City architect Edgar Angelo Christy designed the 1915 Beaux Arts structure, which initially functioned as a a police station and municipal courthouse. Today the façade and the reading room—which occupies the former courtroom—are suggestive of the building's earlier design, although the remaining floor space has been reordered to operate as secure, climate-controlled storage. These will include selections from Het Groote, The Great Mirror of Folly, early sheet music, Mardi Gras invitations, and an exquisite steel line engraving of Longfellow.

Saturday, July 9 is the opening reception for:
Graver to Press,
Mystic Blue Signs
2212 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA

For more information, please call 504-525-4691.
The Center for the Lettering Arts in New Orleans is pleased to announce Graver to Press — an exhibition of hand engraved printing in collaboration with Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer.

The show includes intaglio pieces selected from Mrs. Collins’ commissioned design work and specimens on loan from her collection of historic prints, plates, dies and ephemera, along with metal — and wood — engraved printing, type, and tools from the engravers at Mystic Blue Signs.

Map: "Carte générale du territoire d'Orléans comprenant aussi la Floride Occidentale et une portion du territoire du Mississipi. Dressée d'après les observations les plus récentes par Bmi. Lafon."
Created by: Lafon, Barthélémy, 1769-1820.
Published: Nouvelle Orléans, 1806.
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries.