Field Notes

Entries from December 2010

Field Notes In Action:

Amsterdam, Kentucky

December 29th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

Look what I found from zaansehans on Vimeo.

Hans of Skipintro (one of the first Layer Tennis competitors!) found something unexpected at along the Herengracht canal. Thank you, Amsterdam, and a happy 2011 to all FIELD NOTES fans!

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Don’t Do It Yourself

December 22nd, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


Mike Mans missed out on our limited Raven’s Wing COLORS edition, so he took matters (and Sharpie) into his own hands and made his own. It’s got charm, but if you want the real thing, Raven’s Wing and Balsam Fir are both still available via COLORS subscription.

In fact, if you order a Raven’s Wing subscription TODAY (Wednesday, December 22) and choose 2-day-air or overnight shipping, you’ll get two Raven’s Wing 3-Packs, two Balsam Fir Gift (3-)Packs, plus 3-Packs of our standard Graph and Mixed packs and other goodies. That’s 18 stocking-friendly notebooks, with two more shipments due in the spring and summer. We’ll even throw in a replica of Mike’s Sharpie and binder clip.

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Winter COLORS: Balsam Fir

December 15th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell


A week ago, our mailing list got first dibs on our Winter FIELD NOTES COLORS limited edition, “Balsam Fir” Gift Packs, which include a custom mailing envelope, letterpress gift card, and matching belly band. 3-packs are now all sold out, but you can still get them as part of a COLORS Subscription.

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Field Notes In Action:

John Hughes and Field Notes

December 14th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

S. L. Dixon was “inspired by Dan Winters’ shot of John Hughes’ expansive notebook collection.” So he shot his own version. The original photo appeared in the March, 2010 issue of Vanity Fair Magazine. We’re glad to have a been a part of the Mr. Hughes’ note-taking process.

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Field Trip · Film Archive:

Fused I Say, Fused!

December 12th, 2010 by Bryan Bedell

The inside covers and interior pages of the Balsam Fir notebooks were offset-printed in “Wet Bark Black” at Envision Graphics in Bloomingdale IL, then the covers were sent to Diecrafters in historic Cicero, IL for hot foil stamping. This is FIELD NOTES’ first foray into foil stamping, and the process is shown in the video above. The press is a Kluge EHE 14×22, manufactured by Brandtjen & Kluge in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin. Hot foil stamping is fairly similar to letterpress printing (as seen in our Raven’s Wing video) but instead of ink, colored or metallic foil (or holograms!) are fused onto the paper with a heated die, In this case, a snow-white matte non-metallic ‘foil’ was used, rolls of the material can be seen mounted above the printer. Each roll was aligned to a specific print position on the sheet to minimize wasted foil. The finished covers went back to Bloomingdale to be cut, assembled, bound, trimmed, round-cornered, belly-banded, and shrink-wrapped, and they’ll be in your hands soon!

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