Chez Panisse is a small but epic gem nestled in Berkeley, California that opened its doors forty years ago. The face, heart and hands of Chez Panisse is legendary chef Alice Waters who has transformed and guided the path of innovation and authenticity in dining, farming and cooking internationally. She has always understood that the menu — its language, tactile experience and quality — is the first impression for a diner, and an extension of the love that goes into the food. Berkeley-based artist Patricia Curtan began hand-letterpressing menus for the restaurant during its early years, while working as a cook in the kitchen. Curtan’s letterpress and linoleum-block menus, works of art in their own right, capture the unique spirit of the famous restaurant, and all forty years’ worth are captured in her new book, Menus for Chez Panisse: The Art & Letterpress of Patricia Curtan. Patricia will be signing the book this evening, November 8, at No. 8a at Ace Hotel New York from 6 to 8pm.

Chez Panisse is a small but epic gem nestled in Berkeley, California that opened its doors forty years ago. The face, heart and hands of Chez Panisse is legendary chef Alice Waters who has transformed and guided the path of innovation and authenticity in dining, farming and cooking internationally. She has always understood that the menu — its language, tactile experience and quality — is the first impression for a diner, and an extension of the love that goes into the food. Berkeley-based artist Patricia Curtan began hand-letterpressing menus for the restaurant during its early years, while working as a cook in the kitchen. Curtan’s letterpress and linoleum-block menus, works of art in their own right, capture the unique spirit of the famous restaurant, and all forty years’ worth are captured in her new book, Menus for Chez Panisse: The Art & Letterpress of Patricia Curtan. Patricia will be signing the book this evening, November 8, at No. 8a at Ace Hotel New York from 6 to 8pm.


A piece from Kyle Durrie, of Power & Light Press in Portland, one of our visiting print artists for Summer School at Ace Palm Springs. She’s passing through town in the Type Truck.
Right now, I’m living in fantasyland, out on the road in a 1982 Chevy step van I converted into a letterpress print shop with a sign press from the mid-20th century and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press. I’m a few weeks into an eight month Type Truck tour (currently poaching internet in a parking lot in San Rafael) and loving it.

I’ve always been really interested in working with my hands. It’s such an amazing gift that we humans have - these two hands that can grasp and hold and touch and form. There are so many ways for us to access cheap and disposable facsimiles of actual experiences these days. I think people forget what we’re actually capable of, that we have these amazing things called hands that can, you know, MAKE stuff. Hand work is about empowerment, creativity and self-sufficiency.

I’ve traveled a fair amount with my partner’s band, and I really love the way that he travels — arriving in a new town, exploring, meeting people and sharing his music. It’s such a no-brainer for musicians — you just load your gear in a van and hit the road. I started thinking that it wouldn’t be so hard for me to do something similar with my printing. And so, Moveable Type was born…

Summer School workshops are free to guests and Swim Club members all weekend, July 23 & 24, and rooms are ten percent off. We’ve also got music all weekend by School Night Los Angeles, and a pop-up gallery and shop on Sunday night with guest art and featured workshop teachers.

A piece from Kyle Durrie, of Power & Light Press in Portland, one of our visiting print artists for Summer School at Ace Palm Springs. She’s passing through town in the Type Truck.

Right now, I’m living in fantasyland, out on the road in a 1982 Chevy step van I converted into a letterpress print shop with a sign press from the mid-20th century and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press. I’m a few weeks into an eight month Type Truck tour (currently poaching internet in a parking lot in San Rafael) and loving it.

I’ve always been really interested in working with my hands. It’s such an amazing gift that we humans have - these two hands that can grasp and hold and touch and form. There are so many ways for us to access cheap and disposable facsimiles of actual experiences these days. I think people forget what we’re actually capable of, that we have these amazing things called hands that can, you know, MAKE stuff. Hand work is about empowerment, creativity and self-sufficiency.

I’ve traveled a fair amount with my partner’s band, and I really love the way that he travels — arriving in a new town, exploring, meeting people and sharing his music. It’s such a no-brainer for musicians — you just load your gear in a van and hit the road. I started thinking that it wouldn’t be so hard for me to do something similar with my printing. And so, Moveable Type was born…

Summer School workshops are free to guests and Swim Club members all weekend, July 23 & 24, and rooms are ten percent off. We’ve also got music all weekend by School Night Los Angeles, and a pop-up gallery and shop on Sunday night with guest art and featured workshop teachers.


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