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It was with great interest that I read most of the comments to the blog about Sumner Stone's article in "letterspace. The newsletter of the Type Directors Club". Mr. Stone had just been to south Louisiana giving a workshop, lecture, and participating in our local AIGA Student Portfolio Day so much of what was covered in the article our local students benefitted by in person.

I was out of town so missed the opportunity to talk with Mr. Stone directly. I have an ongoing curiosity why, in conversations about the origins of letterforms, we discuss the quality of stone cutting and calligraphic brushes or pens but never engraving.

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History in Small Places at TypeCon2008

“History in Small Spaces: Solo Exhibition of Large Format Archival Pigment Prints” by this author travels from Abingdon 12, NYC, to the 2008 TypeCon Conference in Buffalo, NY. Eight prints from the original will be on exhibition during the conference then will travel to the Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, LA.

This summer, Daniela Marx and I are co-teaching an experimental design course completely on-line.

We want to see how it might be possible to teach a full studio course on design using only the internet. Utilizing the Loyola University New Orleans Blackboard format as the administrative center, we are teaching the studio experience through reading, writing and creating with blogs, MySpace and Youtube. The Media Services department is videotaping tutorials for us which will be uploaded to Blackboard, and, we are creating our own mini-tutorials through ScreenFlow.

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Who Owns the Red Cross Icon?

Attached are a bundle of articles about who owns the rights for reproduction for the iconic red cross symbol.

Included is commentary from Harry Allen, former Prescriptives colleague of mine and an article about Chris Hacker.

So, who does own the symbol?

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At one point during the four-day-bindery-athon the conversation turned to watermarks. The 9# vintage, 100% cotton rag onion skin we were using in the Japanese bindery project is watermarked, so, I took the opportunity to talk about watermarks and paper making with my LSU graphic design student assistants.

This example is from my collection, the engraved monogram is one of my own, the paper is vintage from the same mill as the onion skin we used in the bindery project.

A great website containing a collection of 332 watermarks is:

also, the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum has some interesting information about watermarks and paper in general:

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Japanese Hand Bindery Work

Go to my Wordpress blog to read about the 175 engraved and hand bound booklets we are making in the Japanese accordion style:

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Just in: New York Magazine Citation

Nancy Sharon Collins conceptual wedding invitation cited on New York Magazine's "Shop-A-Matic, the Bridal Guide" right now!

"Muffin's Wedding Invitation and Thank-you"

Go to page 5, item 90:

(Please not: although the photograph identifier is labeled "$62" this descriptor is misleading, this is the price for one hand engraved set with a minimum order of 100.)

The opening reception for "History in Small Spaces: Solo Exhibition of Large Format Archival Pigment Prints" was held in the Abingdon 12 gallery at 613 Hudson Street in New York City. The crowd was thick with patrons, press, designers, design administrators, artists, architects; art collectors, art historians, members of art academia and archivists–it was an eclectic crowd. Several private art foundations were represented.

Viewing of the exhibit is by-appointment only through May 24,
please call 917 392 1417.

Following is from an e-conversation about suffering from Type Nerd Syndrome (TNS).


Herewith please find attached evidence of Type Nerd Syndrome. Last Friday Jen McNight, visiting artist, assistant professor at University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Daniela Marx, tenured professor of graphic design at Loyola University New Orleans and I gamboled and frolicked in this field of type like three kittens playing with a ball of string.

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YA YA Benefit Concert

April 16, 2008 Mrs. Collins is proud to be the media content adviser for "Come Together: A Benefit For Young Aspirations/Young Artists featuring Typho, The Revivalists, 5th Child and The Blue Party" the YAYA Benefit Concert, the fund raising music, video and performance event benefiting "Young Aspirations/Young Artists", the non-profit arts and social service organization empowering artistically talented inner-city youth in New Orleans. The event will be at "the Howling Wolf" in the arts district, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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History Repeats Itself

In 2005, two months before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, my husband and I moved to the New Orleans area. We were extraordinarily lucky; our house, studio and their contents survived for the most part intact.

I heard about a specialty printer in New Orleans who had been flooded by the storms, he was forced to close. The plant took five feet of water but a collection of hand engraved dies remained dry.

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"History in Small Places"

A one-woman exhibition of large format, archival pigment prints depicting technology, history and current social myth.

Thursday, April 24 (opening reception) - May 23, 2008

Abingdon 12
613 Hudson Street (between Jane and West 12th Streets)
New York, NY 10014

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 1pm – 8 pm; Saturday, 12 – 8pm; Sunday, 12 – 6 pm, or
call gallerist Paul Caddell for an appointment.

An afternoon about sustainability and the communities of New Orleans. Come learn about sustainable practices in your work, your home, your city and enjoy a special composition by The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Ensemble. (We won’t be able to save the planet in one day, but we can try.)


* 12:30 Introduction to Sustainability: Chicken Little or David & Goliath
- Edward Kvet, Ph.D., Dean, College of Music and Fine Arts, Loyola University New Orleans

* 1:00-2:00: Panel #1: So doctors, how sustainable are we?
- John P. Clark, Ph.D., Gregory F. Curtin Distinguished Professor in Humane Letters and the Professions, Professor of Philosophy and Faculty and Loyola Environmental Studies Program, Loyola University New Orleans

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