Printer Information

Participant Info

First Name
David
Last Name
Damico
Press Name
Guardant Press
City
LeRoy
State
NY
Country
United States
Website or Blogsite
www.ddamico.net
Year You Started with Letterpress
2007
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing

My first exposure to letterpress printing was in 2007 at the Genesee Arts and Education Letterpress workshop in Rochester, NY. I distributed sorts, made a small design and printed a font of hand set type on the Vandercook, Universal IV proof press.

In 2008, I printed my own graduation invitations at the University of Houston on a Vandercook Universal II proofing press using a photopolymer plate.

In 2009, I was given an entire studio, press, cabinets of type, paper cutter and all the accessories needed to begin printing.

Presses & Equipment

1929, 8 x 12 C&P, 1939, 12 x 18 Showcard proofing press, 1902 1902 Buffam Business Card Press, Model 7000E Commercial Cutter

Education & Training

MFA in Graphic Design-Univ. of Houston, BFA in Graphic Design-Louisiana State University. I wrote my thesis on "Language as Typography" which can be found here… http://www.ddamico.net/Graduate/Graduate/Home.html

Work History

To be honest, I haven't done much production work at home as of late 2012. I've printed several Christmas cards, other cards, bookmarks etc using my type and cuts. Much of the time between late 2009 and now has been spent organizing the studio, distributing type from old cases to new(er) cases, building shelves etc. As a hobby, all of this is done between jobs and life. I'd like to make it more of my life and will at some point.

On the other hand, I work as the 1848 letterpress printer at the Genesee Country Village and Museum in Mumford, NY. We have an 1848 Washington Iron handpress. I have set both metal and wood type, facilitated many discussions with our visitors on historic printing techniques and routinely print handbills and broadsides which the museum offers for a donation. This position has complimented my home efforts and vice versa.

Other Interests & Hobbies

Stereo Photography, Barbershop Singing.

When I was younger, I loved building things with my hands, elaborate paper airplanes, Tinker Toys, Lincoln Logs etc. I drew, cut paper, glued, made plastic models, painted ceramic crafts, made buildings from cardboard and truly let my imagination run wild. Then came along computers. I really enjoyed these as well and learned all I could about graphic design programs. The problem was, there was no time for anything else. Fortunately, my graduate school faculty insisted that we make as much as possible off the computer. This re-ignited my passion for hand making things. When letterpress printing came along, I joined my interest with my graphic training. I can now use my hands, eyes and creative efforts to print and in this, are endless possibilities.

I have taken many traditional printmaking classes and enjoy the various print processes.

I have much to learn and am eager to do so. I call my space a studio rather than a shop because I am not a commercial printer.

Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
Birth Year
1961
Your Photo or Press Photo

Predefined Group Memberships

APA: Amalgamated Printers Association
AAPA: Amatuer American Press Association
APHA: American Printing History Association
ATF: American Typecasting Fellowship
BPs: British Printing Society
LOLP: Ladies of Letterpress

NAPA: National Amateur Press Association