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March News
from the C.C. Stern Type Foundry
Museum of Metal Typography Open Hours
3rd Saturdays

March 16th
March 30th *special open house
April 20th
May 18th

We welcome visitors to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry’s working museum from 11am-3pm. Come by to see the casters in action, as well as regular hand-casting demonstrations. Volunteers are on hand to give tours and talk about the art and industry of making metal type.

Admission is $5 (suggested donation). A variety of printed ephemera, printers aprons, books, and keepsake type ornaments are also available for sale at the museum and online.

Special AWP Open House
March 30th, 2019

From March 27 through 30, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) is gathering at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for their annual conference and book fair. It’s a big event for writers, readers, academics, and blbliophiles, as it provides a venue for making connections, poet to publisher, reader to writer, bookseller to buyer, as well as between writing teachers and prospective employers. In fact, AWP is now the nation’s largest literary conference, drawing over 12,000 attendees for the four-day event. The book fair alone, open to the public on Saturday, March 30, pulls together over 700 exhibitors, from small press publishers to university presses and writing centers.

To connect with all of that interest in the printed word, the C.C. Stern Type Foundry will be hosting special open hours from 11:00 to 3:00 on Saturday, March 30. We’ll demonstrate the process of making metal type with a hand-held mold and with the Monotype “Orphan Annie” sorts caster. We’ll also have our tabletop platen press set up so visitors can print a letterpress keepsake from the foundry. The working museum highlights the history of metal type and its use in contemporary book arts, with examples from Jim Rimmer and, of course, Chris Stern, for whom the foundry and museum are named. Anyone can visit during open hours, so we hope to see you at the foundry.

NW Letterpress Network Meeting
March 9th
at the C.C. Stern Type Foundry

Hosted by Bernie Smith & Ivan Snyder

Printers, artists and other free spirits interested in letterpress printing are invited to join this discussion group. Meetings are hosted at the C.C. Stern Foundry on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to noon, and are followed by a short type and equipment swap. All are welcome. Contact letterpresschatter@gmail.com to add your name to the mailing list for more information.

Double Dagger No. 3 Pre-Order
On the heels of our last Type Jam with Pat Randle we are taking pre-orders for the forthcoming issue of Double Dagger. Issue No. 3 is expected to ship in April. The C.C. Stern Type Foundry will purchase directly from Mr. Randle and bundle shipping costs. Reserve yours in person at the Foundry between now and the end of March for $20.

Our exhibit showing work from Whittington Press, Nomad Letterpress, and Double Dagger will remain on display through April, so come by to take a look at it if you missed the opportunity in February.

Upcoming Print-related Events
and Information
Friends of OCAC
The Friends of OCAC is an informal group that was started in December of 2018 by instructors, students, alumni and longtime friends of OCAC who were concerned about the future of the college and of the community craft school. Our beloved 112 year-old institution is undergoing major changes.

As most of you know, the school has announced that this graduating class will be its last. Students who are not graduating this term are transferring to other colleges. The future of the campus and the community school is not known. Official OCAC information can be found here.

The need for confidentiality during this transition has lead to frustration over the perceived lack of transparency by the Board. The aim of The Friends of OCAC is to help the school gracefully move into its next phase. We seek to bring clarity, civility and thoughtfulness during this time of transition.

With this goal, we organized a day of open studios and craft activities at OCAC on February 2nd, called “Passport to Creativity” to bring positive energy to the campus and the community. The event was attended by over 200 people, some visiting the campus for the first time. We created a petition asking for a Town Hall Meeting with the Board that received 1,167 signatures.

For news, you can “follow” Friends of OCAC on our Facebook page. You can join our mailing list on our website www.friendsofocac.org. We’d love to know your thoughts.

S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose
April 27, 2019
10 AM to 3 PM

San Jose, California
Tacoma Wayzgoose
April 27 & 28th, 2019
11 AM to 4 PM

King’s Books
Tacoma, Washington


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Our mailing address is:
PO Box 2556, Portland, Oregon 97208


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