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"Soundings" ~ a new book of haiku from St Brigid Press

Soundings with mountains We are pleased to announce the publication of Soundings, a new book of haiku by Emily Hancock. Inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where Hancock makes her home, this lovely book collects over 30 of her poems and 3 original linoleum block prints.

The title page of Soundings, on cream-colored Rives paper, with banana-leaf decorative paper facing.

One of 33 haiku by Emily Hancock, collected here for the first time.

One of 3 three illustrations printed from original linoleum block carvings by the author.

Designed, hand-set, letterpress printed, and hand-sewn here at the Press in a limited edition of 85 books. Pre-order a copy HERE; books will be shipped on November 10th.

Each book is hand-sewn with linen thread.

Live text block fore edges.


If you are in the area, please join us for the official Book Launch Reception and Signing ~ this Friday, November 7th, at 5:30pm at Stone Soup Books (908 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Virginia).

With thanks, and all best!

St Brigid Press

The Challenge 15MP hand-cranked printing press that printed the haiku and linocuts.

Close-up of one of Hancock's haiku, set by hand with metal type, ready to be printed.

One of 3 illustrations printed from original linoleum block carvings by the author.

Hand-mixing the oil-based ink to get just the right shade of blue.

The Golding Pearl foot-treadled printing press, made in Massachusetts in 1909, and used to print the cover title of Soundings.

The colophon of Soundings, detailing the type and papers used in the production of the book.

Mira, the Shop Dog, says, "Printing a book is exhausting."



New Book Forthcoming from St Brigid Press

The season is bearing fruit here in the Blue Ridge mountains... Autumn Greetings, Friends!

We are pleased to announce a new book forthcoming from St Brigid Press in November:  Soundings, a collection of haiku by Emily Hancock, illustrated with three prints by the author.

Hancock has been published in various literary journals, including the Appalachian Journal and the Greensboro Review. This limited edition book will collect over thirty of her haiku, each a small meditation on being in nature and the nature of being, as well as three prints from her original block carvings.

Setting the poems by hand.

Carving images into linoleum blocks, which will then be printed.

All of the type is set by hand (in the historic Koch-Antiqua typeface), letterpress printed on beautiful Rives mould-made paper, and sewn with linen thread.

Beautiful Rives paper, mould-made in France.

SAVE THE DATE!!! The official Book Launch for Soundings will take place on Friday, November 7th, at 5:30pm at Stone Soup Books and Cafe (Waynesboro, Virginia). Hancock will give a short reading and sign copies of the book, which may be purchased at that time from Stone Soup. Light refreshments will be provided, with dinner available from the cafe. Hope to see you there!

If you are out-of-the-area, you can pre-order the book now ~ click HERE (direct link to our secure online store). Books will be mailed out on November 10th.

With thanks, and all best,

St Brigid Press

First proofs of the poems, hot off the press.



October News from the Press

Greetings, All, and Happy Autumn :-) We are honored and excited to let you know about this event St Brigid Press is participating in at The Barn Swallow Artisan Gallery, taking place this coming Sunday, October 5th! Full details below, courtesy of Barn Swallow artists/owners Janice Arone and Mary Ann Burk.

Save the date, and we'll see you there!

All best,

St Brigid Press

Photos courtesy of The Barn Swallow.

Celebrate fall with a new art exhibit at the Barn Swallow!

Fledging, Flourishing, and Falling Prints, Books, and Words influenced by nature

Works by Lotta Helleberg, Emily Hancock, and Lana Lambert

October 2 – October 31, 2014, The Barn Swallow Opening reception and artist demonstrations October 5, 2014, 1 – 3 pm

Three printmakers showcase their nature-influenced work at the Barn Swallow this upcoming month. Lotta Helleberg will display naturally dyed and eco-printed textiles, artist books, and journals. Emily Hancock will bring hand-typeset and letterpress printed poems and other texts, as well as hand-bound journals. Lana Lambert will exhibit intricate Japanese woodblock prints.

Please join us for an opening reception on Sunday, October 5, 2014, from 1 – 3 pm. The artists will offer demonstrations of traditional typesetting, Moku Hanga block printing, and simple book binding techniques.

We are also happy to announce that starting on October 14, we will extend our opening hours to Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 12 – 5 pm.

Hope to see you at the Barn! Janice Arone and Mary Ann Burk

THE BARN SWALLOW, Artisan Gallery 796 Gillums Ridge Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 12 – 5 pm 434-979-4884, Copyright © 2014 The Barn Swallow. All rights reserved.


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"O, the places you'll go…" for great arts and crafts!

Mira, the St Brigid Press shop dog, overlooking autumn in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Here in the Central Blue Ridge region of Virginia, we are blessed to have an array of wonderful galleries and shops that curate and highlight the rich, diverse art and craft being made here. From pottery to book arts, painting to textiles, wood turning, jewelry, and much more, there is a veritable cornucopia of handmade beauty to explore.

Including, we must say, lovely letterpress printed items ;-)

St Brigid Press is fortunate to be included in the artisan offerings at a number of fine establishments. We thought we'd share their info, so the next time you're looking for art or crafts for your home or for giving, stop by and see what awaits!

Not in the area? No problem. Many of these shops ship anywhere in the world.

All best to all,

St Brigid Press

* Click on the gallery and shop names below (in green) to be directed to their website *

The Barn Swallow Artisan Gallery

More than 80 artists' work, including pottery and glass and fabrics, curated by Mary Ann Burk and Janice Arone and beautifully displayed in an early-1800s barn near Charlottesville, Virginia.

Photo courtesy of The Barn Swallow.

The Barker Gallery of Staunton

The area's newest fine art gallery, founded and curated by artist David Barker, featuring the work of Ann Deutermann, Sharon Morris Kincheloe, William Bishop, and many more in a gorgeous loft in Staunton's historic Wharf District.

Photo courtesy of The Barker Gallery of Staunton.

Stone Soup Books and Cafe

Wonderful collection of books (used, new, and vintage), homemade locally-sourced food (soups, salads, sandwiches), beautiful gardens, and artisan goods ~ all tucked into a 1895 farmhouse in Waynesboro.

Photo courtesy of Stone Soup Books and Cafe.

The Market at a.m.FOG

Food is an art and a craft, too! This new market, located in Afton, offers a wide selection of local organic fruits, veggies, meats, and now artisan goods from jewelry and painting to iron-work.

Photo courtesy of The Market at amFOG.

Black Swan Books and Music

Excellent stock of used and vintage books and vinyl records, including local/regional authors' works and regular live music events, in a great location in Staunton's historic Beverley Street shopping and dining district.

Photo copyright

Barrister Books

Thousands of excellent used and rare books, curated by Anthony Baker, in a sweet little shop near Staunton's historic courthouse. On display currently: miniature hand-made books from the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.

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The Sacred Circle

"Enlighten the mind, nurture the spirit," is this shop's motto, and they live up to it with a space packed with handmade fair-trade artisan gifts from around the world ~ books, CDs, wood crafts, jewelry, and much more.

Photo courtesy of The Sacred Circle.


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