Always a pleasure to get a nice, fat package through the post, especially in this weather...

And, very kindly, I've just been sent some gorgeous looking copies of the beautifully designed The Devil's Artisan magazine.

Over the past twenty-eight years, I read, the focus of the journal has broadened somewhat "from an early technical interest in the craft of fine printing to its current role as A Journal of the Printing Arts. The magazine has, however, remained committed to its constituency – and hence is released in the spring at the Wayzgoose festival of the Book Arts in Grimsby on the Niagara peninsula, and in the fall at the Ontario College of Art & Design Book Arts Show on McCaul Street in Toronto."

I'll feedback with a review anon but, must be said, first impressions are very favourable:

The Devil's Artisan first appeared in 1980 under the editorship of Paul Forage, William Rueter (University of Toronto Press) and Glenn Goluska, latterly of Coach House Press (Toronto) and currently print design consultant to Phyllis Lambert at the Centre for the Study of Architecture in Montreal. The magazine was founded 'for the purpose of presenting to Canadian readers information on the craft of printing and bookmaking, on bibliographic and historic matters, and on communicative, sociological, and technical subjects related to printing.'

Readers Comments

  1. I'm currently writing an article on collecting Canadian books...many have been featured in the pages of this excellent journal, published by Tim Inkster (who has won countless numbers of Canadian book design (Alcuin) awards) at Porcupine's Quill. What a pleasant surprise to see it mentioned here on your blog Mark.

  2. Hi Nigel,

    Thanks for this... Glad I could surprise you so pleasantly!

    Certainly, the journals themselves were a complete -- and very welcome -- surprise to me...

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