British Influences on One Bookish American (With a Few California Intersections)

With the founding of the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in 1986, Minneapolis became a destination for touring practitioners of the book arts. In 1987, John Randle of the Whitington Press, en route to California, offered a workshop in which Gaylord Schanilec was a participant. Thus began a long and significant association between Gaylord Schanilec and the British printing scene.

Gaylord Schanilec, noted for his color wood engravings, established his own press, Midnight Paper Sales, in 1980. Since then, he has published more than twenty-five books under his imprint, as well as accepted numerous commissions including works for The Gregynog Press in Wales and the Grolier Club of New York. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Carl Hertzog award for excellence in book design, and the Greynog prize. He is an Honorary Member of the Double Crown Club, and an active member of the Typophiles and the Ampersand Club. His work is represented in most major book arts collections in the United States and in the United Kingdom, and the archive of his working materials is held at the University of Minnesota.

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