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Myra Kalaw
Myra Kalaw, aka cubivino, is a maker of old-school paper technology for digital connoisseurs.
Myra Kalaw, aka cubivino, is a maker of old-school paper technology for digital connoisseurs.
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BREAD & PUPPET Printshop Internship: Week 3

(July 11-17, 2012) The first Circus and Pageant of the summer starts on the 15th, and I knew the farm will get a visit from the lawnmower soon, so I made it a point to walk the fields at sunset while I could. And glad I did! The very next day after this picture was taken, cut grass lay scattered like dry brush, leveled down from waist-high to just a little above our ankles!

The Van Store in the field was also thick with tall grass! Michelle and I spent two afternoons on our hands and knees cutting the grass carefully with hand sickles. After sweating it out in the hot sun, we rode our bikes downhill to the Glover Library for free wifi, then walked over to the nearby Red Sky Trading, for great coffee, well-deserved treats, and cool rock formations. The Barton River which ran alongside the garden was our refuge, and I spent many hours here, kicking back on the Adirondack chairs, thinking up new ways of reusing old Bread & Puppet calendars.

Michelle & I designed display boxes for Peter Schumann's Jingle Books, and I devised templates for folding envelopes made from old calendar pages.

During the day, Lila kept us busy printing banners and painting posters. At dusk, we headed to the creek and fished out freshly-chilled, locally-made, organic beers.


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2013/03/05
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BREAD & PUPPET Printshop Internship: Week 2

(July 4 - 10, 2012) Hou and I woke up early to help harvest lettuce and beans in the theater's organic garden, then I walked around the uncut fields, staying clear of the tall grasses which abound in all kinds of territorial insects which bite you and leave your skin scaly and bumpy, itchy and sore. Michelle and I lathered on bug lotions and sprays to no avail. In a week's time, the opportune acquisition of bicycles, and the need to evade the onslaught of cold-blooded arthropods, drew our instincts to sources of fresh water, independence and relief. But for now, we pack ourselves sideways into the hatchback of another intern's car and ride into the nearby towns of Cabot and Barton, where the theater annually joins the parades.

As Printshop Interns, we were not expected to take part in the shows, so we had time to walk around town and be spectators. We stopped at a library/historical house for some lemonade and donuts, bought cupcakes from an eight-year old girl's sidewalk stand, then went hunting in the local elementary school's rummage sale for a solid pair of rain boots, a sunhat, and some festive red white & blues.

Cabot gives out a pretty good Fourth of July parade, and the whole town joins in the fun. Having grown up in the Philippines, where there are about 20 storms a year, I especially liked a home made float about the storm, Irene, made even funnier by the spray hose and the goodnight sign flanked by two flags.

After the parade, we packed up for Barton, and stopped at the local ice cream parlor. I only wanted a few scoops before lunch, and thought it smart to order a size they call, "BABY". BABY turned out to be a giant scoop the size of a pint! It was as big as my head!!!

I couldn't scarf that thing down fast enough so I made a quick exit for some real lunch. Michelle and I followed the railroad tracks along the nearby creek, and after some deliberations concerning the provenances of the words, brook and creek, (whether one babbled or the other dribbled...) we agreed to walk around the corner to Crystal Lake.

Despite the overcast day, we melted in joy at the sight of the huge body of water! Michelle untied her sandals and cooled herself in the fresh water as I tried to reconcile in my mind the unnatural landscape of wind turbines lining up the peaks of Sheffield's Granby Mountain and Libby Hill.

The rest of the week was spent hand-painting posters for the museum, and printing big masonite cuts on fabric!

On Friday, July 6, people packed inside the Paper Mache Cathedral to watch the The Possibilitarian Diggers & Levelers Show. If this is a sign of things to come, the theatre will have wonderful season!


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BREAD & PUPPET Printshop Internship: Week 1

(June 27-July 3, 2012) My plane from Chicago lands in Boston Logan Airport, and I hurriedly hop on a shuttle to catch a bus to Hanover, NH, to meet a friend & long-time Bread & Puppet Artist, Clare Dolan. Her friend, Hou Qing-Hui, a performance artist from China, is interning for the theatre this summer, and has just arrived from Shanghai. While walking through the Dartmouth College town of Hanover looking for a good place to eat, we happen upon this poster on a shop window, and it stops me on my tracks -- I feel like such a tourist pulling out a camera, but -- I know a friend who makes a similar poster, so after taking a quick look behind my shoulders, I take a photo and email it to him.

When I arrived at the theater house, it was rainy and dark, and as I dried off in the bathroom, I took a picture of my tired self in the mirror -- to better remind myself of -- well, i don't know really... perhaps I couldn't pinch myself enough that I am here, back in Vermont for the summer after so many years... and that I will be staying in a nice little room above the kitchen. I turned in for the night and in the morning, I woke up early to walk in the field.

First day of work called for no regular olde-style drip coffeemaker, and Lila Winstead, the Printshop Manager, knows this well. She treated me and Michelle Buckley, the other Printshop Intern, to fresh cups of espresso. That tiny espresso maker can really pack a punch! Dy-na-mite!

One evening on the first week, Hou and I went to Clare's house for dinner, and we visited her Museum of Everyday Life's current exhibit on Safety Pins! Who knew what a storied life this simple object has lived since ancient Greeks fought with Reason in their manly robes! Could they have written with the same fibula they fastened their cloaks with? Could they, could they -

Well, Reader, you must find out for yourself! I can only report that I was especially charmed by an interactive exhibit composed of a mimeographed Sid Vicious atop a rusty drum, a bowl of safety pins, and band-aids.

BREAD & PUPPET PRESS
TRIBUNE SHOWPRINT
HATCH SHOW PRINT
MUSEUM OF EVERYDAY LIFE


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2013/02/18
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BREAD & PUPPET Printshop Internship: Week 4

(July 18-24, 2012) Binding books by hand can take a long time if one had to punch every sewing hole with an awl and a punching guide. With a Tim Moore Signature Punch, new holes are punched by steel pins neatly arranged on a stable wooden block. Just place the signatures on the guides, press the arm down, and presto!

Sewing holes line up perfectly along the spine, each time, every time. It is a simply elegant tool, well-designed, useful and very easy to use. That stack of books you see in the photo above was all but an hour's work! I then had more time to spend downstairs on the printshop floor to help hardworking Lila and Michelle print large banners!

During the summer, the printshop opens its doors to theater interns, volunteers and puppeteers. They help paint posters, or print banners for the Museum. Big banner printing needs a LOT of helping hands, and everyone gets to experience printing as a vital part of the theatre as a self-supporting community.


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2013/03/11
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AMOS KENNEDY'S INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN WAS A SUCCESS!!!

It even earned a spot in Indiegogo's Top Twelve Pitch Videos of 2012! And yes, starting in mid-February, weekly installments of last year's summer spent at Bread & Puppet Press in Vermont will finally be posted!

Bread & Puppet Press is the in-house printshop of the Bread & Puppet Theater, one of the longest-running, independent, not-for-profit theater companies in America. Founded in 1963 by Peter Schumann, in New York City's Lower East Side, the theater has a deep connection with printmaking. Peter Schumann carves the masonite cuts, and his wife, Elka Schumann, hand prints them into banners, posters, programs, costumes, and books, which are later sold in the museum.

Peter's visual art is an important aspect of what makes Bread & Puppet Theater unique, and the Bread & Puppet Press, under Elka's guidance, maintains a vital role in making sure these images do not suffer the complexities of the market economy, and its myth-making commodity machine. Proceeds from the poster and banner sales go directly back to the theater, which in turn, supports itself through the farm, the museum sales, and the performances.

BREAD & PUPPET THEATRE will be celebrating its 50th YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION on Summer 2013!
Visit http://breadandpuppet.org/ for details.


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2013/01/16
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PROCEED AND BE BOLD!

is Online for Free !!!

As a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all of the wonderful contributors to THE DETROIT PRINTING PLANT campaign thus far, Proceed and Be Bold!, (20K Films' documentary about AMOS KENNEDY, JR's life and work) is being posted online for free for everyone to watch. Please enjoy and share with your friends.

http://youtu.be/i251DDffUzY

And check out Amos Kennedy's latest project to build a print collective in Detroit. You can read about the project here:

http://www. indiegogo.com/justprint


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2012/11/19

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APK, Jr. 2012 Holiday Poster Preview


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NUTS BEAR SEEDS

AVAILABLE NOW at the SMALL is Ordinary Shop @ the Chicago Cultural Center


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CHEAP ART 21


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AMOS PAUL KENNEDY, JR. BOX SETS

A number of choice libraries will be receiving copies of Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.’s prints from 2011 and 2012. On my recent visit to his letterpress printshop in Gordo, Alabama, I took photos of the posters before sending them off in boxes. Here are a few of them.


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