Printer Information

Participant Info

First Name
Emily
Last Name
Hancock
Press Name
St Brigid Press
City
Afton
State
Virginia
Country
Website or Blogsite
stbrigidpress.wordpress.com
Year You Started with Letterpress
December 2011
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing
As a poet/writer/artist, I became interested in the craft and tradition of letterpress as a way to manifest my words in the world. At the time, I had no idea that there were great-uncles on both sides of my family who were printers; later, I learned that my father's uncles had a print shop in one of the barns on their farm in central North Carolina, and that my mother still remembers the smell of ink from visiting her uncle's print shop in Pinehurst, NC. So, I guess letterpress is in the blood! I'm completely smitten, and am enjoying learning and creating with this process, in the old-time manner of hand-set type on dampened paper, hand-bound books, and electricity only for the lights overhead.
Presses & Equipment
Poco "0" Proof Press, 12x18" cylinder (circa 1910) Golding Pearl No. 3, 7x11" treadle platen (1909) Potter No. 2, 17x26" cylinder (circa 1915)
Education & Training
Many, many conversations with printers, especially John Falstrom (CT) and John Barrett (MA), and reading, studying, and experimenting.
Work History
Other Interests & Hobbies
Writing, nature, Old-Time Appalachian music (playing fiddle, guitar, clawhammer banjo), walks with my dog, enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains where I live.
Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
Birth Year
1977
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