by Chris Chen
We’ve just finished a collaboration with Barb Tetenbaum and her Book Arts students at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Each student produced an edition of artist books of the poem “Of a Sudden”, by Kit Stafford, with an additional constraint: each book had to be set in metal type. The class visited the Stern Type Foundry, and we provided composition service on our Monotype machines, providing two forms of the poem, set in 10 point Garamond.
A few weeks later, Jeff Shay and I attended their end-of-term critique, where we had a lot of fun going over the 20+ editions that were all produced from the same type. Each piece of work was unique in layout, form factor, and intent. They are on display at the foundry.
Collaborations like this, where we can introduce young artists to metal type, and, because of our capabilities, make larger projects possible, are something that the C.C. Stern Type Foundry would love to do more of in the future.