Dear blog, sorry we’ve neglected you. We’ve been busy playing with our new press, and it’s helping us print more things than we were able to before.
Here’s a spotlight of some recent projects that we especially love.
- Girls I’ve Run Away With, a novel by Rhiannon Argo that Amy is excited to take home to read this weekend! It’s Argo’s second novel and the first publication of Moonshine Press, a new queer, feminist micro-publishing house.
- Little Otsu’s new Annual Weekly Planner — Peanut’s favorite page features a very sexy dog sketch.
- Reich #10, a comic book from Sparkplug Comics with the most beautiful cover…Love!
- And a perfectly simple blank notebook for Pedal, Stretch, Breathe/Taking the Lane with a gorgeous two spot color cover. Silver metallic ink really is awesome!
The week’s books
Girls I’ve Run Away With
Little Otsu’s 8th Annual Planner
Pedal, Stretch, Breathe blank book
back of the blank book
We’re so pleased to get to share this great feature about 1984 over at the Oakland Local blog.
Here’s a snapshot:
In the beginning, nearly ten years ago, Amy hand-collated projects in her living room and printed from negatives. A women’s studies major, Amy found how-to books on ebay and taught herself everything about the business, from building her own darkroom to operating a stitching machine.
As sole-proprietor, Amy is part curator, part designer, and part heavy lifter. One of her goals, in starting a small business was to find creative work to do with her husband, Richard Northam. They met back in Ohio when Richard was working as a roadie and driving a bus for the Primate Freedom Tour. Their partnership allows a fair division of labor. On a perfect day, Richard, a union contractor, never has to deal with computers, and Amy doesn’t have to pour concrete.
What the very end of the article says is true. We love our work, but the best part is all the people we get to work with.
Amy was just in Ohio for her grandma’s 97th birthday. She is amazing, and Amy intends to grow up to be like her.
There’s a lot we love about our work–running our own shop, playing with machines the size of a small house, always learning something new or improving a process, and getting to support creative radical endeavors. We love all of it, from greeting cards to poetry books to posters to zines and in between.
Here are two projects we printed this week that made us feel especially excited about our chosen line of work.
The Big Feminist BUT is an awesome comic anthology that we are all in love with.
Bikes in Space is a collection of feminist sci fi stories about bicycles!
We recently started using recycled black ink, and we love it. It shows up by the pallet–we’re expecting a new shipment any day now.
Our own excess black ink no longer gets wasted; it goes in a drum that we ship back to Wisconsin to be recycled again. The company is almost ready to unveil full color CMYK recycled inks too, which we are of course excited about.
Some jobs use more ink than others, and this metal magazine is one of them. We used 25 pounds of ink on this–that is a lot of ink!
Did you know that we love to make greeting cards here at 1984? Well, we do. Here’s a selection hot off the press of cards we printed up for Little Otsu.
We’ve been working long days lately to get ready for one of our favorite events of the year, the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair. This year it’s at a new location: the Armory Community Center, 333 14th Street, between Mission and Julian, from 10-6pm Saturday and Sunday, March 16th and 17th.
We’ll be there with a selection of samples that we’ve printed for you to examine as you think about your own projects. And of course, we will have a big stack of our ever-popular “Create, Scheme, Remember” blank books to give away. This year they even have an Orwellian theme.
You’re invited to drop by our table, pick up a blank book, and chat with Amy about your upcoming printing projects. See you there!
We just got a new toy. It’s called a Hammond Ben Franklin TrimOSaw. It will be used to cut dies, wood furniture (that is, furniture for letterpress die cutting, not chairs for sitting in), and hopefully for cutting our new kitchen cabinets one day. Here are some pics. It’s real pretty, we think.