Lightning in a bottle: Pictured here is almost everybody on the current Board of Directors in one spot! Taken Aug. 2019. Sadly, we are missing Greg in the photo.
From left: Janette, Julia, Brian, Steve, Brenda, Tom
Brian is a letterpress printer based in Old Town Lafayette. He specializes in wood type and polymer printing and has been letterpress printing since 2011. Offering a balance and combination of Luddite sensibilities and the inescapable benefits of the digital world, he mixes up styles and techniques to meet the needs and inspiration of the job at hand. Brian started printing on an 8” x 12” Showcard sign press and over the years, grew his hobby into a small business and custom prints invitations, business cards, etc. on a 10” x 15” Golding Jobber. He has been working with the Book Arts League since 2014 and helps with social media and the website, in addition to workshops.
Please check out Brian's website: www.dogsandstars.com
Julia is a letterpress printer, book artist, and proprietor of P.S. Press. She co-founded the Book Arts League, a nonprofit letterpress and book arts organization in 1991 and has been adjunct faculty at Naropa University since 1995, where she helped set up their studio. She learned letterpress at the Women's Building in Los Angeles from instructors including Cheri Gaulke and Bonnie Thompson Norman. Most recently she worked with University of Colorado Boulder instructors on The Poetic Table, an artists’ book/installation created by a CU class.
Brenda is a graphic designer and book artist living in Niwot, Colorado. She has designed books and magazines for over 25 years in the Boulder area and and serves on the board of the Book Arts League. She is also a student of the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride where she is pursuing a diploma in Design Fine Bookbinding.
Brenda has been teaching bookbinding classes in the Boulder area for many years. She has taught bookbinding for Two Hands Paperie in Boulder, the Erie Public Library, and Chautauqua’s Re-skilling through Transition Boulder, CU continuing education, The Southern Rockies Heritage School at Trinidad State, and Front Range Community College. She volunteers regularly to teach bookbinding to kids at many local schools and Girl Scout troops.
Please visit her website at: www.brendagallagher.com
Greg is on the Board of Directors for the Book Arts League. He learned his letterpress skills from his fellow artists at the Book Arts League and now leads occasional classes and workshops at the Book Arts League. He teaches letterpress printing at the University of Colorado Boulder in collaborations with instructors and classes there. He is also a book artist and his work has been featured in two exhibits in Boulder County.
Steve Matteson is the Creative Type Director for Monotype, manages the US design studio, is a type designer, historian and letterpress printer. He has designed over 80 typeface families including brand types for Toyota, Microsoft and Google and types for retail sales which include a dozen revivals of Frederic Goudy’s typefaces.
He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Printing, at a time when letterpress and desktop-publishing were taught in adjacent labs. Steve was steeped in typography, calligraphy, design and fine printing, and learned a dedication to high quality craftsmanship.
In 1990 Steve worked with the team that made Microsoft’s first TrueType fonts and opened Monotype’s first office in California. A dedication to making best in class typefaces for digital environments has put his work in most eReader products, mobile handsets and very prominently on the web.
Steve is a board member of the Books Arts League in Lafayette, CO, an avid printer and user of metal type.
Janette Keene Taylor
Janette is a 35-year veteran of non-profit boards and establishing governance principles for them. Her board facilitation has included Montview Community Preschool, the Mountain Family Health Center, the Nederland Artists' Cooperative, the Nederland Food Pantry, the Carousel of Happiness and others. She teaches meeting facilitation and advises on non-profit board governance.
She owned and operated a bookstore in Nederland, Colorado for 5-1/2 years, where she learned the joys of book valuation and collecting. She is a resident of Nederland and currently works in Human Services as an advocate for Western Boulder County. She knows virtually nothing about Letterpress, but adores it and is excited to assist the very busy artists on the board of the Book Arts League to maximize the work of the organization. She has been making an active study of the history of printing in the last few years, which led her to the Book Arts League.
(bio coming — we won't say "soon" but sometime!)
Please check out all the fine work Tom is doing with the Letterpress Depot!