Ephemera 33

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Announcement ImageAnnouncement Date : March 15, 2013Categories: Conferences

2008 (March 15-17, Old Greenwich, CT)

This year’s ephemera conference features discussions on graphic design, the designs of 500 postage stamps, the artistic styles of ephemera, woodcut designs, whimsical trade cards, ephemera scrapbooking and art-making, and creating an ephemera brag book. For more see the complete list of topics below.


David Jury: “Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers” [EJ v16n2 (Jan 2014), 1, 4-9]

David Jury is head of MA Art, Design, and the Book at Colchester Institute, UK. He designs, prints and publishes his own limited edition books as proprietor of the Fox Ash Press as well as writing and designing books for mainstream publishers, including Letterpress: The Allure of the Hand Made. His new book, published by Thames and Hudson in 2012, is Graphic Design Before Graphic Designers.


Dick Sheaff: “The High Quality of Much Victorian Design”

Dick has served several terms on the Ephemera Society’s board of directors, collects many sorts of ephemera, researches various subjects and write frequent articles, with a particular interest in design and typography. He also maintains an ephemera-related, non-commercial website (www.sheaff-ephemera.com).


Panel: Sally Pierce, Mark Tomaski. Leslie Evans, Doug Clouse, moderated by Dick Sheaff - “Lithography vs. Steel Engraving vs. Wood Engraving vs. Letterpress”

Sally Pierce is a curator emerita, having worked with the print and photograph collection of the Boston Athenaeum for thirty-four years, immersing herself in the visual imagery and cultural history of nineteenth- century New England. She organized numerous thematic exhibitions of Boston lithography and has written extensively on the subject. She retired in 2009 and is now editor of Imprint, the Journal of the American Historical Print Collectors Society.
Mark D. Tomasko is a corporate attorney who continues to build a reference collection on security, or “bank note,” engraving. He curated an exhibit on security engraving at The Grolier Club in 1991, and the 200th Anniversary of American Bank Note Company exhibit at the Museum of American Financial History in 1995. He is particularly interested in documenting the picture engravers, vignette artists, and bank note companies, and is one of the few people interested in collecting and researching all periods of the work.
With a degree in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Leslie Evans brings a printer’s aesthetic to illustrating for children’s books at her letterpress studio. In addition to relief printmaking, Leslie works in a variety of media including watercolor and digital techniques, providing illustration for publishing, advertising, exhibition, and media clients. Her own projects include calendars, prints and broadsides under her imprint, the Sea Dog Press.
Doug Clouse has written about nineteenth-century typefaces, design, and printing, and is the author of MacKellar, Smiths & Jordan, Typographic Tastemakers of the Late Nineteenth Century, a book about the largest type foundry in America in the nineteenth century. He also co-authored the book The Handy Book of Artistic Printing, which describes a form of ornamental nineteenth-century design.


David Roasand: “From Art to Ephemera and Back Again”

David Rosand is Meyer Schapiro Professor Emeritus of Art History at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1964. His main areas of research are Renaissance painting and the graphic arts, in which fields his books include: the exhibition catalogue Titian and the Venetian Woodcut; Painting in Sixteenth Century Venice: Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto; Drawing Acts: Studies in Graphic Expression and Representation.


Tamar Zimmerman: “The Playful Victorian Eye - Historical Precedents in Worldwide Art”

Tamar Zimmerman has been collecting trade cards, Victorian children’s books,paper toys and mechanical cards for over 20 years.  Her collections have  influenced her own artwork, which includes the design of paper mechanicals and greeting cards. Tamar has an A.B. from Harvard College and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Panel: Cynthia Hart, Caroline Preston and Diane Zumsteg, moderated by Nancy Rosin - “Using Ephemera in Artistic Creation”

Cynthia Hart is a product and packaging designer, an award-winning three-dimensional illustrator, a collagist, and a dedicated ephemera collector. She is the author/co-author of seven books for Workman Publishing and is the creator of Cynthia Hart’s Victoriana Calendar—a perennial favorite now in production for its 25th edition. Her licensed designs have generated nearly a half-billion dollars in retail sales.
Caroline Preston started collecting antique valentines and scrapbooks in high school. For her latest novel The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt (that won a 2012 Alex Award from the American Library Association), she has drawn 600 pieces from her own collection of vintage ephemera to create a narrative in the unique form of a 1920s scrapbook. She will also show examples of scrapbooks from her
collection that read like novels. Caroline has worked as an archivist at Rhode Island historical Society, the Peabody/Essex Museum and Harvard’s Houghton Library.
Diane Zumsteg is a San Francisco artist who uses original ephemera to inspire collage pieces, not for commercial distribution but for personalized gifts. She worked as an assistant interior designer in Beverly Hills and managed a fine hand fabricated jewelry gallery in San Francisco.  She has been a collector since discovering children’s illustrated books as a student at UCLA.


Workshop: Wendy Addison and Kate Murray - “An Invitation to Create Art with Ephemera”

Wendy Addison will bring many types of antique ephemera for attendees to use, as well as tools for transformation, such as die cutting, shadowboxes, eyelet setters, etc. On view will be many examples of her work from her shop, Theatre of Dreams (www.wendyaddisonstudio.com). Wendy combines her studies of fine art with her interest in antiques, by creating her “objects for an imaginary life.” Using antique materials, including old sheet music, Victorian scrap, and silver glass glitter, her work connects with some lost sense of magic from times past. Wendy has written, illustrated, and hand- produced her second book, titled The Theatre of Dreams.
Kate Murray will give an overview on the use of ephemera in art with some examples, then give step by step instructions on creating your own “brag” book and deciding what bits of ephemera you would like to include! Kate’s corporate career and world travel took her away from her artistic life of art and dance. In 2002,while simultaneously completing an MFA in Creative Writing in France, her creative passion drew her to found Vintage Charmings (www.vintagecharmings.com), to support collage artists with their need for French and Asian Ephemera. Currently, when her travel schedule allows, Kate teaches book making, mixed-media art, and Chinese calligraphy.

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