Thursday, April 10, 2014

Recent Commission . . .

The Press of Robert LoMascolo was recently commissioned to create a one of a kind deluxe letterpress printed book in honor of the outgoing Wells College Book Arts director. It is all printed on our handmade paper, and bound with leather spine and our own marbled paper covers. One special feature of this project was the inclusion of a real ancient Roman coin on the cover.

 A closeup of the Roman coin on the cover.

The title page.

 Our very own RL with anchor watermark on our handmade paper.
 

Mark your Calendars . . .


Experience the historic craft of letterpress printing! You will have the opportunity to print on a real antique press and choose from two all-occasion card designs. At the end of the workshop you will have 12 beautiful letterpress printed cards to take home and use! Letterpress has been around since the time of Gutenberg, but nearly vanished until its recent revival. See first hand what makes letterpress so special, and the results impossible to duplicate by any other process. Taught by Robert LoMascolo, a freelance designer and letterpress printer specializing in classical typography and the book arts. A material fee of $10 will be due the evening of class. The class will run approximately 3 hours and have a registration fee of $29. Sign up by contacting Cayuga Community College, or click here for April 23rd, or June 11th.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mark your Calendars for April 22nd . . .

Download the Poster here.

Rob has been asked to give a lecture for the Skaneateles Historical Society on April 22nd at 7:30pm. For more information contact the Historical Society, 28 Hannum Street, Skaneateles, New York,  (315) 685-1360. Skaneateles is a beautiful historic lake town, and the home of The Press & Letterfoundry of Michael & Winifred Bixler!

Nearly every town once had a resident letterpress printer. The best known of these early printers in this country is surely Benjamin Franklin. but did you ever wonder what this traditional craft of printing entailed? Today the very word “printer” might bring up images of a mysterious plastic box able to instantly dispense color photographs or documents at a moment’s beckoning, but how did printing start? Robert LoMascolo will present a lecture and hands-on letterpress printing demonstration for The Skaneateles Historical Society on April 22nd at 7:30pm. Robert, a modern day letterpress printer and designer, will briefly speak about the early history of letterpress printing, its decline in the commercial world, and finally today’s challenges of carrying on this over 560 year old tradition. You will learn how type was made and books were printed with only minor changes from the Renaissance up until the 20th century. You will get to see how the craft evolved over the centuries, as well as some of Robert’s own contemporary work. Finally, you will be able to try it for yourself, printing a bookmark to take home on one of Robert’s carefully restored tabletop presses! 

 Photo of the Skaneateles Historical Society Creamery Building, photo taken from Wikimedia

Spring . . .


It may not look like it yet, but Spring is coming up fast, so dont forget about our Goose card available at Copperesque in Union Springs, New York.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Recent Commission . . .


The Press of Robert LoMascolo is pleased to have just completed a large commission for Princeton Universitys Cotsen Children’s Library. The commission consists of two hundred letterpress printed and hand-bound alphabet books designed by Mark Argetsinger using woodcut images taken from the Newbery books in the librarys collection. The book is dedicated to Mr. Lloyd Cotsen whose generous donations made the Children’s Library possible. A deluxe hard cover copy of the book was also completed to be presented to Mr. Cotsen on his birthday. 


Sample spread for the letter 'P.'

The deluxe copy with leather spine as presented to Mr. Cotsen.

 200 finished books awaiting shipping.


New . . .


The Press of  Robert LoMascolo is pleased to be offering a new letterpress printed Thank You card. For more information, contact us, or get one at Copperesque in Union Springs, New York.


Monday, January 13, 2014

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Letterpress printed holiday card with acetate window, designed & printed at
The Press of Robert LoMascolo for friends and patrons. 




Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Binding Workshop . . .

 
Rob just completed teaching a 6 session book binding workshop for teachers and staff at Cayuga Elementary School in Cayuga, New York. It was a great experience for everyone, and we made five different books, plus our own decorative paper!

Wet paste papers

Small paste paper covered hardcover books

Like this. . .

Large paste paper covered hardcover books

Soft cover long stitch variation

Wooden spine hard cover long stitch variation

Coptic/Ethiopian binding with wooden boards


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Recent Commission . . .

  Designed and commissioned by Mark Argetsinger, letterpress printed at
The Press of Robert LoMascolo.

New . . .


The Press of  Robert LoMascolo is pleased to be offering a new letterpress printed Christmas card. For more information, contact us, or get one at Copperesque in Union Springs, New York.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Letterpress Christmas Card Workshop . . .

A few of the less camera-shy participants enjoying printing Christmas cards at The Man and the Moon Bake Shoppe and Cafe in King Ferry, New York. If you missed the workshop, you can still visit The Man and the Moon to see a display of Robs letterpress prints, and enjoy some baked goods! All of the prints are available for purchase, and make great gifts.


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

New . . .


The Press of  Robert LoMascolo is pleased to be offering a new edition of Squirrels Sunflower. This charming childrens story was the first book both written and letterpress printed by Rob. It sold out quickly and has not been available again until now! This new edition contains the same beautiful photo-manipulated images of Squirrel and Chipmunk along with a new cover, title page, and a few subtle improvements. Now is your chance to finally get a copy!

The text is letterpress printed from hand-set metal type and accompanied by digitally printed images. All hand-bound in letterpress printed, hand-painted, paste paper covers. Cost is $45.

For more information, contact us, or buy one at Copperesque in Union Springs, New York.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Mark your Calendars for December 5th . . .



Rob will be offering a Christmas Card Making Workshop, and having a show of his work at The Man and the Moon Bake Shoppe and Cafe in King Ferry, New York.

The Man and the Moon: Thursday, December 5, 2013 • 2pm-3pm. Experience the historic craft of letterpress printing! You will have the opportunity to print a greeting card on real antique presses. At the end of the workshop you will have 4 beautiful letterpress printed cards to take home and use! A material fee of $10 is paid at signup. Sign up by calling 607-227-6863.