Today is Letterpress Appreciation Day, and I am pleased to be featured on the Boxcar Press Blog!
"We enjoy hearing from wonderful
members of the letterpress community on how the printing tradition has
inspired them to their true calling. Aurora, NY-based Rob LoMascolo of The Press of Rob LoMascolo shares with us on why he is smitten with the printing tradition.
Why do I love letterpress?
Letterpress appeals to me on many levels, but I think it is the
tactility of it that appeals foremost to many of us. You can feel and
see the difference. When looking at crisply printed type with just a
slight bite into the paper one gets the sense that each and every letter
is a physical thing, not a digital recreation of a thing, but every
letter is a real actual thing that is very much part of that printed
My mom likes to tell people that
in first grade we kiddos were all asked what we wanted to do when we
grew up. Most of my classmates wanted to be athletes, firefighters or
follow in their parent’s footsteps, but I wanted to own my own museum!
Yup, visitors always say my shop
is like a working museum. Letterpress combines my loves of history, art,
design, books, old machines, and above all, it has a realness about it
that is lacking from so much of our digital world.
As much as I love letterpress for all those reasons, the reason I do it is simply because I have not found any better way."
Sunday, September 16, 2018
I will be bringing my Wells College bookbinding class down to the Aurora Historical Society, and you are welcome to join us!
"Robert LoMascolo will return to the Aurora Historical Society to speak briefly about bookbinding on Thursday September 20th at 7pm. Although few printers traditionally did their own bookbinding, the two crafts have long depended on one another. Robert, who also teaches bookbinding at Wells College, will bring a few examples to show how books were traditionally held together under the cover. Repair and care of old books will also be discussed, and attendees are welcome to bring their own old books that they may have questions about or would just like to share."
The Aurora Historical Society is located at 371 Main Street, Aurora, New York 13026, on the courtyard with Vintage Lighting.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Come see me this Tuesday evening at the Aurora Historical Society!
Robert LoMascolo will speak briefly about his letterpress work at the Aurora Historical Society at 7pm on August 21st. This will include a discussion of “The Whistling Rock” a legend made up and printed in book form by Robert about the "lucky stones" found on our shores. The discussion will include a few typographic and printing oddities that are sure to be unusual if not bewildering. The presentation will conclude with printing free Aurora “Regatta Day” postcards on an antique press and informal discussion. A few of Robert’s hand-made items will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there!
The Aurora Historical Society is located at 371 Main St, on the rear courtyard shared with Vintage Lighting. It is air conditioned and accessible to all.
In addition to Tuesday evenings (7-8:30 pm) and Saturdays (11 am to 1:00 pm), the museum is open at your convenience through the Docent-on-Call system: just call or text (315)-246-1130. Admission is always free.
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Thursday July 19 and Monday July 23 from 7-9pm I will be hosting the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute participants at my studio for informal tours and conversation. It is sure to be interesting. Free and open to all!
If you can't make it, you are welcome to stop anytime my new open flag is up, or make a free appointment!
Monday, July 16, 2018
Tuesday July 17, & Tuesday July 24 from 7-8:30pm
In honer of the Wells College Book Arts Summer Institute, the Aurora Historical Society will be hosting a special evening viewing of the current exhibit “Aurora Ink! The Printers of Aurora, 1805-2018.” I will have a tabletop press there, and we will be printing from a historic plate! Many knowledgeable and interesting people will be in attendance. Free and open to the public!
Thursday July 19, & Monday July 23 from 7-9pm
I will be hosting Summer Institute participants at my studio for informal tours and conversation. It is sure to be interesting. Free and open to all!