Friday, April 27, 2007

Distillery Open Studios

Come check us out during Open Studios. We're in Studio 11; that's on floors 1-5 on the north side of the building. Artists showing in our space include: Helen Granger (painting & drawing), Anna Trzaska (painting & drawing), Robert daVies (painting), Mary Walker Graham (poetry & book arts), and (hopefully) Deanna Devries (jewelry).

Besides all that you can see the press and how things work around Rope-a-Dope. And maybe even enjoy a few light refreshments.

Directions to the Distillery are here.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Repeat Press

Mike Dacey owns the SP20 we moved into the space a couple weeks ago. These are some of his letterpress & screen-printed posters; for more of Mike's work and details on the pieces below, head over to Repeat Press, where you can still buy one of these beauties.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Women as Black Music

Details from Robert daVies series, "Women as Black Music." Handwritten text is from Marguerite Duras' The Malady of Death and from Mary's poem "Double."

Thursday, April 19, 2007


Over the weekend we moved a Vandercook SP20 into the studio. It is f*ing beautiful.

Thanks to Loc, Sadie, & Cat (and any other elves who magically moved this 1500 pound thing while I was at work and Robert was in NYC), and especially Mike, who owns it. Love, love, love.

New books!

Pictures of Mary's recent books: the Paul Valery cover is made from a recycled American Poetry Review (who doesn't like cutting up that rag?). And "Tragedy" is the first of a series of blank books based on a poem titled "Double."

8x6", 24 pages (blank); hardcover with coptic binding.

Detail of cover. Lama li (handmade Nepalese paper) + handcut and engraved insulating tape.

Detail of Valery cover. 6 1/2 x 8 1/4", 20 pages (blank), hardcover Japanese stab binding. Recycled American Poetry Review+ newsprint.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Ali Bombaye

If you're wondering what the significance of "rope-a-dope" is, check out Wikipedia's explanation (there's a link in the side-bar). You can also watch this excerpt from When We Were Kings on You Tube, or better yet, rent the whole thing.

DIY and indie publishing are a sort of rope-a-dope technique, non?

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Rope-a-dope logo by Robert daVies. Love it.