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A little family history and a trip to San Diego’s Bay Park Press

February 25, 2011

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As many of you know, Igloo Letterpress was named by my husband’s maternal grandmother.  Grandma Beardwood was a lifelong Californian with a dry sense of humor.  Young newlyweds buying a house in Minnesota for a printing press made no sense to her.  She took to calling our house our igloo and the name has stuck with us through 15 years and a move to Ohio.

When our daughter was born in 2004 we took a trip to meet the California relatives.  Grandma took a trip with us to the beach as we dunked our three-month old Ava’s toes in the water.    Although Grandma Beardwood has passed away, we decided that we would continue this tradition.   We took a long President’s Day weekend to introduce Adam to our California friends and family.  It is hard to believe that this was Adam’s first trip to California and he is already 2.5 years old.  We had a great visit.

Of course, no vacation is complete without visiting another printer’s workshop.  On previous visits I visited Elum and San Diego Book Artist Kathy Miller.  This trip featured a visit to Bay Park Press with my California family, Anne and Amelia Chapman.   If you are in the area, I encourage you to register for a workshop.  I am encouraged to see an artist’s printshop running for 11 years!  Thanks to Sibyl and Jim for showing us your beautiful books and paper quilts.

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