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Tommy Hilfiger LA Flagship store launch

Los Angles California

Fashion Week 2013
Tommy Hilfiger Flagship store Launch

Featured Artist - Handmade on Peconic Bay

Cyanotype pocket square collaboration now featured in the Los Angles Store

In this display located in the middle of the store are several anchors by Cynthia Rybakoff, and two cyanotype pocket squares among other fine goods curated for the store.

A Pocket full of squares

In collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger...

2013 begins with a new collaboration this year with
  Tommy Hilfiger.  Building on the success of our collaboration with 
Club Monaco,  the studio is now full of pocket squares.  Feathers have made way for a nautical theme;  knots and flags cover the walls.

Launching this week in Los Angles during Fashion week,  one of a kind cyanotype cotton pocket squares.  Printed in the USA at the studio of Handmade on Peconic Bay in the sun.

When R&D = TH

At the studio we create these exposure tests for every project, every day for every piece of film.

A film with a gradation from clear to black is contact printed to a section of a cotton pocket square provided by Tommy Hilfiger.

Exposures run from 30 seconds to an hour,  the faint red square was the target we agreed on.

Dog Show 2013

February 14th 2013 is not only the Westminster Dog,  but also the 

This year Handmade on Peconic Bay printed using the Peconic sunlight a photograph of a local dog inspecting his dunes for rabbits.

The print is a cyanotype on Revees BFK paper,  in a recovered barn-wood frame.

Printed and framed in New York, USA by Matt Shapoff.

Launch Party at Chelsea Market

Handmade on Peconic Bay returns to Manhattan's Chelsea Market for a three month Spring Season Showcase. Located at the corner of 15th and Tenth avenue, we are open 10:30-7pm daily. Join us tonight, March 8th, for a champagne celebration from 6-9pm, as we toast the Spring 2012 Collection beneath the High Line.

Defender was the 1895 America's Cup winner.  This tote features a illustration of Defender using the cyanotype printing process.
Come view the new crop of totes, scarves and other unique gift items at Artists & Fleas Chelsea Market and Artists & Fleas Willamsburg, located at 70 N. 7th Street in Brooklyn.

Buy the Beach

On November 18-21, be our guest at the One of a Kind Show NY, a curated fine arts & crafts show, now in it's second year in NYC. Get your complimentary tickets here.

Nov 18-21
7 West 34th Streeet @ Fifth Avenue
(across from the Empire State Building)

booth A13

1500 lbs (3/4 Ton) Of Lead Type

Last weekend I joined a group of MFA Design students from the School Of Visual Arts who visited Ross Macdonald's letterpress studio in Connecticut for his annual type camp workshop.

Ross had 6 buckets of lead type destined for melting down that he keeps outside. It was 60 degrees and sunny in mid November so I decided to pick through them. Little did I know, each bucket contained about 250lbs of lead, plus rain water. I grabbed a few shallow buckets and started looking for gems.

As I found type and forms, I arranged them in a old wooden job case that I pulled from under a pile of leaves.

The job case pictured above was the only usable tray I could find. The rest of them looked something like this one below.

Be sure to watch the podcast of our 2008 visit to Ross's studio here.

Cepaea Snail

Cepaea snail
Originally uploaded by Handmade On Peconic Bay
Here we have a meeting of the slimes discussing the art show their caregiver is having near a fellow colony of huge slugs in East Hampton.

Our garden has become home to a colony of snails.

When you look carefully you'll find tiny baby snails all the way up to fast reacting adults.

Here's some interesting info about these snails:

"Did you know that thanks to a common little snail you can find in your garden, in the park or under a hedge, you can see evolution in your own back yard?

OK, so evolution is a very slow process. Life on Earth started about three-and-a-half billion years ago! It's the tiny changes accumulating over a long, long time that got us here.

It may look like banded snails are dressed-to-kill, but really they are dressed not to be killed. Banded snails are a favorite food of the song thrush and their various shell colors and patterns camouflage them against different backgrounds. But, in some places there are fewer thrushes than there used to be."

Modern Vintage: Cyanotypes By Matt Shapoff

Countdown begins, 3 days until my unique solo exhibition, hosted by Dr. Gerry Curatola, to benefit the new Southampton Hospital Wellness Institute.

Please join us for cocktails at the reception for the artist, ME! The show runs from August 22nd to September 18th.

In Celebration of Apollo XI

In Celebration of the Apollo XI flight, This specimen is blind embossed on Reves BFK 300 gsm, the filet mignon of etching papers. The stars are from a Linotype machine, 5 two a bar with one open star at the end :)

Found cuts amaze me. In one discovery I located this Apollo space craft, and eagle, and about 75 stars.

On July 20th all three where printed on an 1895 Pearl letterpress.

That is July 20th 2009, 40 years after the event. Did I realize it when I bought the cuts the day before, no way!

Steamer Star Strip

The flower shop we used for our wedding has gone under:(

The former greenhouse is now a shit shoppe, oh I mean an antiques dealer. Going through all 36 drawers, I found 7 items that caught my eye: a club, a spinning spinner, a steamer ship, 4 strips of stars, a price tag with a big circle, a Happy Holidays with a funky geometric trees, and an unmounted heraldic crest. You can see them here.

This print use the stars and the steamer ship. I fell in love with it after the first impression of the steamer was made. The stars on the angle proved to me I need more press furniture :)

It reminds me of an Airmail envelope or steam ship label.

Fire Island Lighthouse

this 3 x 3 inch gem was a happy discovery. It's a detail of a larger negative but i found the moment the water started washing away the unexposed chemistry, the print that i had created a dream. The soft edges and fine detail made me wanted to climb inside. Crazy thing is we can. This was created in a social networking system called Second Life. It's a virtual world where i collaborate with builders, historians, researchers and artists.

you can find this print for sale at

Using the Pearl #3

It's ironic that while learning to use an 1895 Pearl #3 letterpress i would also be experimenting with an HDV camera, capture methods, and compression codecs.

The angles and lighting where done with a project in mind. My friend RJ Kikuchiyo will be creating a working model of this press in second life. He need sound samples and some visual record of how things work. From the exploded view of the patent he will be creating the press over the next few months.

The Classic Cyanotype

As described in this section of "The Chemistry of Photography",
By William Jerome Harrison the Cyanotype process is very unique.

The simple mixture of Iron Salts, coated on to watercolor paper and exposed to sunlight creates a latent image in a grayish tone. Once washed the unexposed chemistry is removed leaving a dark blue image on a paper white ground.

Below are two recent examples using digital negatives i created from a rendering of the sailing ship The Evangeline, and Kate's Light, the renderings where created by virtual artist R.J. Cote.


want to see a how to video? check this out

Digital Cyanotype from matthew shapoff on Vimeo.

Van Dyke Brown

Seen in this video are several prints available through my Etsy store which can be found at the top of this page at

Van Dyke Brown is an early photographic printing process.

The Vandyke brown print is based on the first iron-silver process, the argentotype, invented in 1842 by the English astronomer, Sir John Herschel. Both processes utilize the action of light on ferric salts and their chemistry is very similar. The Vandyke process gets its name from its similarity in color to the deep brown pigment used by the Flemish painter Van Dyck. Vandyke brown prints are very simple and economical to make, with the sensitizers consisting of three readily available chemicals. Clearing is carried out in water and fixing is done in a weak solution of hypo.

you can also see an annotated version of this video on my Youtube Channel

what type is this?

Next question. Probably more than one answer. When milling recovered mahogany for the press, do i mill to type height and then furniture height?

Locking up a form in the chase

Ok i don't know if i did this right. I was advised the quions should NOT touch the metal, that it should have wood on both sides. My question is, should the whole chase be filled with furniture or just enough to make it all lock up?

here it is in action:

1st Impressions

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88 Miles "door to door". Thats after it traveled from Connecticut and 2 people helped me transfer the 300lbs of press parts from a truck to a Zipcar. I was amazed how much a Honda Fit could hold!

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Two views of operating the Pearl #3
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