This talk took place in the Rose Auditorium at The Cooper Union on October 24, 2016 as part of Type@Cooper. This recording is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Hoefler & Co.
Walter Hamady established The Perishable Press Limited in 1964 and produced 131 editions of handmade letterpress books, as well as innumerable broadsides, collages and ephemera. His collaborative books feature writers such as Robert Creeley, Loren Eiseley, and Robert Duncan, as well as visual artists Peter Sis, John Wilde and Henrik Drescher. Hi series "The Interminable Gabberjabbs", which dissect and exploit the book form using obsessive typesetting, gorgeous color printing and found imagery, all filtered through Walter's keen intellect and humor, will be featured in the talk. Perishable Press books will be available for a rare, hands-on viewing.
Ruth Lingen studied typography and bookmaking with Walter Hamady, and was also his shop assistant for 3 years. Under his influence, she discovered the pleasure of collaborating with writers and artists. Since then, she has collaborated with over 60 artists in book and print form, and her books are held in over 40 public libraries. A member of the Booklyn Artist Alliance, Ruth has twice received the "50 Best Books/Covers Award" from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.