Visited my old pal Jon Selikoff today in Orange NJ. Sum bitch has a huge/ legit letterpress operation going on in the new Hat City arts district. WTF.
I first met "Jonsel" as some call him while he waas an AD at Landor, NY. We worked on a project for a paper company that I won't go into. Anyhoo we've kept in touch and I plan on doing some collabs with him at this new "Vote for Letterpress" studio.
Let's take a tour. Shall we?
Drawers and drawers of metal and wood type line the place. Some found on eBay, some from other sources.
this was his first press, bought 7 years ago. He now has 3.
next to it, his cutter.
some of the typecases. he''s got tons!
view of the space from the front door
said Vandercook logo. I didn't ask what he paid for it. (for fear he might not invite me back)
next to it, the heidelberg
the man with a plan.
His plan: does anyone really have a "plan" when they buy a letterpress? C'mon.
pls pull lever once and Vote "no plans!"
heres a poster he and Sam Potts thru together
this is a real gig he's producing: letterpressed dog bisquit packaging!
close up (and good enought to eat)
a look inside to his "desk" studio, ajascent to the letterpress shop
thru that window
inks and papers section
a card for one of kids who turned 5
he's calling the place "Vote for letterpress". I don't know what his policies are or how he plans to run his budget (he is in NJ, highest taxes in the land!) but I'm signing myself up as vice chair (know-nothing party). Thanks for the tour JonSel. I'll let you know on those poster/ post card specs and look fwd to posting our wares here for our new found letterpress constituents. It's dirty work, but let's get out and Vote, people!