Welcome to the Smidgeon Press Blog. Here you can find sketches and test proofs for plates I’m working on, information about printmaking, and musings on the nature of art and of being an artist. I wanted to have a means of updating people interested in my creative endeavors in a more flexible format than my personal web site, and a blog seems to be the answer.
Smidgeon Press came about in 2007 when I was working on my first handmade book. I made the plates for the book in drypoint, and when it came time to print, it just didn’t seem right to have a book without a press imprint. After a brief hesitation while I considered the propriety of bookmaking, I scratched “Smidgeon Press” into the the title page plate. The traditional (ahem, correct) spelling is smidgen. Smidgeon (like pigeon) is a deliberate misspelling, in homage to my family name: Birdsong.
Please contact me if you would like to support my creative endeavors by purchasing a print. You can also hire me for some professional services, like helping you write or edit an artist’s statement. Learn more about that and other services here. While I used to accept PayPal, their unappealing new terms of service has forced me to seek out alternatives.
For press inquiries, submissions, questions or concerns, please fill out the contact form below.
Heather Lee Birdsong
Smidgeon Press proprietor & artist