For today’s Vendor Interview, Marianne Dages took some time to let us get to know Huldra Press. This one-woman operation is born from a love of books, art, text, and writing, and we can’t wait to stop by her table at our upcoming book/art fair! Here’s what she had to say:
1. What should attendees of PHILALALIA expect from a table featuring Huldra Press/Marianne Dages?
Huldra Press is my press name and the name of my studio here in Philadelphia, PA. I print on a Vandercook Proof Press and I make fine art letterpress prints and handprinted artists’ books. For Philalalia, I’ll be showing a variety of projects from the last six years, including poetry chapbooks, one-of-a-kind books, collaborations, and abstract letterpress prints. I’ll have some some handmade journals for sale too.
2. What have you achieved this past year that you’re most proud of?
I feel lucky to say it’s been a busy year for Huldra Press! Three new edition books have been made this year so far, including a collaboration with Justin Staller. As I write this I am at a residency in North Carolina at Penland School of Crafts working on a new letterpress artist’s book which will be featured at Philalalia. I can’t list all the great things that have happened this year, you’ll just have to stop by, have a chat, and see for yourself!
3. What is something people might not know about you your press?
A lot of people don’t know that Huldra Press is just one person and that one person is me, Marianne. And many people don’t know that the name refers to a mythological creature, a woman with a fox’s tale who lives in the forest. And only a few people in the world know that my Vandercook printing press is named Egon, after the Ghostbusters Egon, of course.
4. What drew you to unite your work under the title “Huldra Press” rather than billing yourself as an artist who works with text and print?
I choose to use the name “Huldra Press” for my book work. There’s a rich history of press names in fine printing and I like to draw from that history. I also like that it gives a little mystery to the whole operation.