Bound & Lettered magazine has a new publisher, Greg Sharp of Sea-Hill Press.
What is now Bound & Lettered was started by Shereen LaPlantz in 1999 as Tabellae Ansata and featured artists’ books, bookbinding, papercrafts, calligraphy, and books for kids. After publishing two issues, Shereen entrusted the magazine to John Neal, who continued to publish until his recent retirement with Issue 17.4, which has been published in digital form.
Sea-Hill Press will return the magazine to printed issues, starting with issue 18.1, shipping in April 2023. Christopher Calderhead, current editor of Letter Arts Review, will assume the role of editor for both publications.
Greg Sharp’s career has been in the world of printing and publishing, working with artists and authors to publish books, exhibit catalogs, and other publications. It began over forty years ago when he started as an apprentice printer in Auckland, New Zealand. Greg completed the eight-thousand-hour training program in 1983. This printing and binding experience was a strong foundation that allowed him to enter printing-and-publishing management.
For a number of years, he brought the work of fabric artists into print as the managing editor of That Patchwork Place, a publisher of quilting and fiber arts books. He then moved into the emerging field of cooking shows, as part of the publishing and production team for celebrity chefs Graham Kerr, Nick Stellino, Madhur Jaffrey, Gary Rhodes, and others.
For seven years, Greg worked for world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly at his studio in Seattle. Greg started that journey as general manager of Portland Press, Chihuly’s studio publishing division. More recently, Greg has been the publisher of UK artist Bruce Munro’s work. Munro is known for his large-scale light installations. Greg worked with Munro (2012-21) producing books, merchandise, and documentaries about Bruce Munro’s work.
Greg and his wife, Cynthia, own Sea-Hill Press, a publishing company based in Florida. The press offers its clients editorial/design services and specialist printing and production knowledge, working with authors to produce custom publications. The press has invested in high-end digital printing equipment and now prints and binds most of its publications in-house, including the printing and binding of Letter Arts Review and now Bound & Lettered.
Greg writes: “We are excited about building on John’s many years of dedication to publishing Bound & Lettered. We are committed to upholding Bound & Lettered’s quality standards and continuing the fine tradition of this magazine. With the worldwide push for technology and the ever-increasing desire for more online information, publications like Bound & Lettered are becoming rare. We at Sea-Hill Press are firm believers in ink-on-paper publishing as it remains one of the best ways to communicate artwork as an intimate and lasting experience.
“I feel blessed to have gone down the road of printing and publishing as it has offered me broad creative mediums, expanding technologies, and worldwide travel. With an early love of sign writing and drawing, my fascination with lettering and letterforms has been ever-present. As well, I’ve been closely tied to the age-old practice of bookbinding as both a practical craft and a means of creating books that are works of art. John Neal will be working with us to ensure a smooth transition.”
The next issue of Bound & Lettered (18.1) is due to ship April 2023 To subscribe please visit www.boundandlettered.com