Announcing The Sorcerer and the Seventh Daughter

Posted March 21, 2016 by Larry
Categories: Announcements, Book Launches

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PrintComing to a Zombie Apocalypse near you,
or the Grimsby Wayzgoose, April 30, 2016.

In which Septima locks wit and wile with the
Necromancer who has designs on…. well, everything.

Written and illustrated with wood engravings by Larry Thompson

Printed as the snows of winter faded, after three years of silence from the Press. Now the rumbling voice of the Vandercook can be heard again in the Studio at Greyweathers in Merrickville, in the production of this, another Gothic Trifle, as a sequel to The Vampire and the Seventh Daughter.

Letterpressed with hand-set lead type in the Italian Oldstyle face, with Goudy Text for the titles, on Arches Text wove paper, in a limited edition of 60.

$80.

 

 

On humility….

Posted March 2, 2016 by Larry
Categories: Announcements, Book Design, Books, Fine Press Printing, Letterpress printing, Musings, Shows, Wood Engraving

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Yes, that’s a litter box under my press. As Tennyson fades into extreme old age, he chose the space where I kept my rags under my press as his salle de bain, so it seemed to make sense to move his litter there. Also, using an antique section of banister, we are able to keep the dogs from devouring the contents of the litter, which is simply gross and where I draw the line at humility. It means as I work on getting the type printing just right or fighting with make-ready on wood engravings, I catch the occasional whiff of…. Is it me? Surely not! Ahhh, the cat.

The press, being both the source of beauty, elegance and style – and Tennyson’s depository – does bring me down to earth when things are going well, as they have been for the past year or so. In 2015, I received word that the University of Toronto’s Fisher Library wanted to acquire all books and broadsides printed to date, with a keen interest in anything else I come up with.

The year also saw me blaze through 20 shows: indoor with table or booth, and outdoor under tent. These shows were on the whole very successful, and just a few changes I will be repeating the same number in 2016. Shows are a wonderful way to meet new people, and to keep up with friends and collectors.

As for what shows I’ll be doing, I’ll be adding a page to this blog, but a listing will also appear in my newly reinvigorated website, complete with an on-line store for prints, all to be found at www.greyweatherspress.com

The biggest news this year will be the release of the most ambitious project yet from the press: Ecclesiastes. Yes, Greyweathers Press is getting biblical, with a heft that will weigh in at an estimated 80 pages of beautiful Arches Text Wove, illustrated with 60 odd wood engravings. Stay tuned, a detailed announcement is forthcoming.

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An early draft of the title page design.

So with all of this activity, Tennyson’s periodic visits to my press keep me from getting too full of myself, and rightly so. It is all about the work, after all, and not the accolades.

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You can’t beat City Hall…. for art!

Posted September 14, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Announcements, Selling, Shows

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So it’s back to Toronto this week to set up at the Toronto Outdoor Art Expo, held at Nathan Philips Square in the shadow of City Hall on September 18, 19, and 20. Don’t miss this art extravaganza!

 

Book Arts & Small Press Show in Toronto

Posted August 21, 2015 by Larry
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Two years ago I had the privilege to show my books in the womb of the Fisher Rare Book Library at University of Toronto. It’s happening again on September 12, 2015 from 10 to 5 pm at 120 St. George Street in Toronto, Canada. For more info, click here.

A view of what participants and attendees of the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair see all day.

A view of what participants and attendees of the Fisher Small and Fine Press Fair see all day.

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New Website! [under construction]

Posted August 3, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Announcements

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Yup, I’ve got lots to smile about! Click above to check out the newly designed website.

Well, they say up this end of the continent, there are two seasons: winter and construction. I’m not sure if websites have seasons, but mine is still evolving, thanks to the efforts of the beautiful and talented Holly Dean. The old one is gone, and sometime soon the new one will be a hub for this blog, social media, sign-up page for infrequent e-newsletters and a place to buy books and prints. What marvelous modern times we do live in!

 

Next! Bon Echo Park show

Posted July 20, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Shows

Early next Friday morning, Holly and I will be heading north by north-west to Bon Echo Park, where I will be setting up for three days, once again out in the woods, although this time it is in a rather large clearing. And once again, we’re hoping for pleasant weather and lots of patrons. At last weekend’s Fantasy in the Forest, I revealed and offered for sale illustrations from the upcoming book, The Sorcerer and the Seventh Daughter. The vaguely fantastical nature of the engravings fit nicely with the show. There will be new work for Bon Echo as well, but it will be more in tune with nature, the joys of the woodlands and lakes, and an homage to the Group of Seven.

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Forest fantasy over for another year

Posted July 20, 2015 by Larry
Categories: Shows

After two very successful, if rather hot and sticky, days in the woods, we are home. We met many new people who had not been to the show before, which means word of the show and promotion is reaching new markets. My hat’s off to Jamie and Annette Brick and their helpers for all their hard work, in sometimes less than ideal conditions, and this, their 20th anniversary show. Myself, I’m looking forward to exhibiting for the next 20 years!

Kudos to those who wore rather hot costumes throughout a very warm and humid day in the woods.

IMG_2721 copyOn of the features that makes Fantasy in the Forest so wonderful an experience is the beautiful singing Maria and Albert, and now their son. The singing is operatic and sometimes haunting; we were grateful to be close to these extraordinary performers.

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