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The Making of Dog Dreams

I just found this video about The Making of Dog Dreams and thought it would be fun to share. Dog Dreams is a hand printed children’s board book by Michael Wertz. Mr. Wertz is a Bay Area illustrator and author with a bold, bright, playful art style. His work has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators (LA) and he is currently teaching at California College of the Arts in the Illustration department. In this video he walks you through his process of making a handprinted book at The San Francisco Center for the Book. SFcB provides a home for artists from introductory to focused advanced courses spanning traditional bookbinding, and cutting-edge printing techniques. All levels of bookmakers are welcome or so I have read on their site. This video took me right back to when I was in college. I had to take a class about the history of printing and we had to hand print our own stationery. This video reminded me how hard yet satisfying it was to make your own plates and then hand pressing your own prints. With all the technology we have these days it’s easy for us to forget how books used to be made. Give this video a watch and I hope you find it as inspiring as I did. I know the next time I’m in the Bay Area I’m going to make a trip to The San Francisco Center for the Book.