Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press

CATBIRD (on the Yadkin) PRESS, a brief history

Catbird (on the Yadkin) Press was founded in 1989 when Toby Gordon, and Terry Schupbach-Gordon moved to Shoals, North Carolina from Minneapolis, Minnnesota. Toby had been involved in bookmaking, papermaking, and illustration. He worked as an illustrator for The Hungry Mind Review, as well as Coffee House Press, and Out-of Hand Press. Terry had co-founded Out-of-Hand Press with Judy Stone Nunneley, at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, taught printmaking and bookarts at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and worked in various school programs around the country encouraging the making of hand made books with children.

Catbird Press is a part of an old tradition of making small edition and one-of-a-kind books. We do collaborative projects and encourage what we believe is the revolution of hand made objects. Books are by their nature revolutionary. They are born of a need to transfer knowledge, beliefs and the human experience. They ask us to read. A handmade book asks us to see and feel and experience from a visual perspective. Artist books ask us to look with the eyes of our hearts. It is a revolution of hope an d promise. If we learn to love what we make with our hands, perhaps we will use our hand to protect what we make.

At Catbird Press, we make many books. We make them as etchings and woodcuts, linoleum cuts and engravings. We hand set type and use rubber stamps for letters. We also do book workshops with children and adults. Our motto at Catbird Press is: with enough glue, and some string, anything can be a book! We love what we do.

At Catbird Press, we celebrate a literacy of the heart.

Toby Gordon
Terry Schupbach-Gordon

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