Yesterday my good friend, Nicholas Silberg, and I took a 45 minute drive down to The Ashantilly Center in Darien, Georgia.
"The Ashantilly Center, known as “Old Tabby,” was the mainland home of Thomas Spalding, early Georgia planter, legislator, and McIntosh County landowner. The original home, circa 1820, burned in 1937, and the current house was an ongoing project of the Haynes family. Today, the Ashantilly Center is a non-profit educational and cultural historic site, organized and founded by William G. Haynes, Jr. Mr. Haynes was an artist, small letterpress printer (The Ashantilly Press), and environmentalist. His legacy, the Ashantilly Center, hosts cultural and historic events and workshops."
Ashantilly is no stranger to Unchained—that photo you've all seen with all of our heads poking out the bus window was taken there last year! (Photo by: VG Photography)
Nicholas has been repairing and restoring William Haynes' press and getting the shop in order for a while now. His specialty: Letterpress repair. He is the (if not only) person in this region that still does this. Unchained is very lucky to have him as a friend.
Photo by Brian Brown
Nicholas is designing and printing our tour posters. How fancy, huh?! The press you see above is a Chandler & Price, New Style flatten jobber dated pre WWI. It's a stunning piece of machinery. (And not to mention heavy! I helped him move a couple of these this summer; it was no joke!)
Our objective yesterday was to set the galley—I think that's what he said...? Printmakers speak a language that I've yet to grasp. However, there are quite a few phrases in the English language that have derived from printmakers. "Mind your p's and q's", for example. (I love etymology!) As you see below, the letters are reversed to print—mixing up those p's and q's are quite easy!
The last photo is one of the four runs that will compose our February tour posters and they'll be available at the shows! Tickets will be on sale soon, but first WE NEED TO GET THAT BUS FIXED!
We're now at 81% with only FOUR days to go! Please tell your friends!