The Spark
6:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Pressing On

Emily Hancock loves language and words and also loves old-fashioned methods of printing them: vintage foot-powered or hand-cranked presses, newly hand-carved illustration blocks. On WMRA's "The Spark", Martha Woodroof meets Emily of St Brigid Press.

The St Brigid Press website says:

We hand-set each letter of our chosen texts with metal and wood type, then letterpress print with century-old presses (either cranked by hand or treadled by foot).

In the bindery, we hand-sew books and journals with linen thread.

For illustrations, linoleum or wood blocks are hand-carved to create relief prints.     

St Brigid Press is the letterpress print shop at Arbora Arts Studio, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of central Virginia. Emily E. Hancock is resident poet and printer. We are dedicated to learning, practicing, and passing-on the art and craft of letterpress printing with hand-set type, hand-carved illustrations, foot-powered presses, and hand-sewn books.

Where did the name come from? You can hear the story of that: here.

(webtext: tw)

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