I spent a big part of this past summer at my alma mater, Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. I printed a book on lonely astronauts, tuned-up a Vandercook press, and organized some type.
But my favorite thing I did this summer, by far, was teaching kids’ book arts classes. For 5 weeks, 3 days a week, I worked with some wonderful kids on making paper, binding books, printing linoleum blocks, and tons of other stuff. The kids were awesome and they all did some amazing work. I think they are better at pulling sheets of paper than I am.
Some amazing and dear friends let me stay with them for two months, and I can’t thank them enough. We watched almost every episode of The Wire together and I could not have asked for better company.
I hope I’m able to return next summer and do it all again!