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My Voice

Do I live my life or that of my fathers, or mothers, or society ? Finding my voice, that is the work before me.Shop_8_2020

The Place itSelf


November Third is Coming

Letterpress printed at toMake™ 100 days out on 118lb Flurry Soft White Cotton Cover, using P22 BLOX modular type (in a hand mixed P368 Green with Transparency White), and Skyline 18pt Calendar, 36pt Cloister and 24pt Castellar types (in VS195 Blue).
Available as a 5 by 6 in. card in the toMake™ Press store in bundles of five.


On the letterpress press; some reminder cards.
Help from Meena the Cat of course; transparent green using BLOX modular type.IMG_4958
Setting the text; ink will be reflex blue.
A dash of orange for the 3rd of November.IMG_4971
Final rubbing to test layout, design and kerning.

To Whom Does the Past Belong

Wendell Berry speaking about the commonwealth; that which belongs to the people.
“How soon do we get to the point where we just don’t want to have a past at all?”
Limited Edition Map :: The Collapse of Memory

Bearing Witness on Miller Creek

Some years ago, as a geographer doing field work in the greater Missoula ‘Five Valley’ area, I began to make visits to the Miller Creek drainage. Edition #130 is a response resulting in part from these and more recent trips, practicing “STOP, EXPERIENCE, OBSERVE & RESPOND.”

“You ask me what I think of so-called nature writing? I think the same thing about any beautiful writing [beautiful maps]. There is no time for it. There is time for only one thing: saving the earth. The world is being slaughtered and we need to stop it. At this point writing is beside the point: the only — and I mean only — thing that matters is to stop this culture from killing the planet. . . Everything — including beautiful writing [beautiful maps] — emerges from and is secondary to the land.”
Derrick Jensen as quoted in
My Green Manifesto: Down the Charles River in Pursuit of a New Environmentalism by David Gessner.

In 1912, soon after our house was built just a few miles north, lower Miller Creek had settlers working in the valley and a schoolhouse. All this would change. Section 12 is outlined on the 1912 USGS 1:125000 map.
In 1955 lower Miller Creek was still mostly undeveloped, open field, range and habitat. . . Providing shelter for the other than human beings.


All that has changed in the ensuing years.Miller_Creek_TR_Development
Miller Creek is For Sale :: $700,000 5 bedroom 4,642 sq. ft.
Edition #130 “Bearing Witness on Miller Creek” is a response to this place and this devastating loss of shelter for ‘other than human’ life; “the only — and I mean only — thing that matters is to stop this culture from killing the planet.
Species of Concern
The limited edition map uses six matrices; plate and stone lithography, relief and letterpress. The edition is intended for inclusion in Guerrilla Cartography’s upcoming Shelter Atlas.
Draft idea for the map uses a full sheet of Somerset Velvet 22 ½ by 30 inches with a 12 by 12 inch chine-collé on Section 12 at a mapping scale of 1:5280.
Stone matrix 4 responds to T12N R20E Section 12.
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Connected by Desire

Sometime early morning four earthquakes shook just over the Idaho border 10km northwest of Stanley, southwest of Missoula. The largest quake was 4.1 magnitude.


AND sometime in the early morning along the river trail east of Missoula a rockfall. Tumbling down jagged raw rocks and trees onto the trail. The ancient seabed raised and falling, breathing.IMG_4501
The world is interwoven, rising & falling in her breath and always in motion, connected by desire. These events . . . YA) one great interconnected moment of breathing and desire.

Dirt Stones and the Garden

SATOR AREPO (available as a two-colour letterpress print) is based on the oldest datable representation of the Sator Square, found in the ruins of Pompeii. Others have been found in excavations under the church of S. Maria Maggiore in Rome, at Corinium (modern Cirencester in England) and Dura-Europos (in modern Syria). . . One likely translation is "The farmer Arepo has [as] works wheels [a plough]"; that is, the farmer uses his plough as his form of work. Though not a significant sentence, it is grammatical; it can be read up and down, backwards and forwards."
Working in the gaden :: as the Sator Square would suggest we practice, caring for what we sow.

Idle Stones


I don’t imagine that stones are idle. They’re always in motion like rivers and mountains. But these six stones have been shelved all too long under a cloud of depression and loss. The four light colored16 by 20 inch lithograph limestones are from the famous German quarry of Solnhofen. I have a small piece of lithographic quality limestone from the old quarry in north central Iowa, Lithographic City near the town of Orchard. Look closely and you can see a dark gray smaller stone likely from Germany as well and a larger white marble stone mounted on slate. The four stones are named “Forty, MW, OZ and UK.” I took 40 out today and started work on it.


The working image on the stone looks good, a 12 by 12 inch tusche wash intended for the ONE Pixel edition. I washed it out with lithotine and then rubbed it up in asphultum. I’m not sure yet if I’ll print it or levigate it off and start over. Moving the stone was not so easy. Last worked in 2007 for edition #74 it now seems considerably heavier! But stones should move and today they did. I no longer hold Hope that my maps and prints will find acceptance and be purchased in this mapping world of commerce and digital high-definition realism. I’ve more or less given up. The part of me that has yet to give up is Depressed about this and the loss I experience of having no standing or presence; the unwanted and invisible nature of my work. RESOLVE to act lifts the stone from the shelf and sets it in motion. All things are in motion. Always.


My Unpopular Maps

“Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news — things which on their own merits would get the big headlines — being kept right out of the … press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that ‘it wouldn’t do’ to mention that particular fact. So far as the daily newspapers go, this is easy to understand. The … press is extremely centralized, and most of it is owned by wealthy men who have every motive to be dishonest on certain important topics. But the same kind of veiled censorship also operates in books and periodicals, as well as in plays, films and radio. At any given moment there is an orthodoxy, a body of ideas which it is assumed that all right-thinking people will accept without question. It is not exactly forbidden to say this, that or the other, but it is ‘not done’ to say it …. Anyone who challenges the prevailing orthodoxy finds himself silenced with surprising effectiveness. A genuinely unfashionable opinion is almost never given a fair hearing, either in the popular press or in the highbrow periodicals.” :: George Orwell Animal Farm

Section Without Water : Stone Lithograph on Sakamoto Kozo, Edition of 20 E/V

My Desire toMake Beautiful Things

“If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
“Apart from the desire to produce beautiful things, the leading passion of my life has been and is hatred of modern civilization.”

William Morris :: English architect, artist, writer, and socialist with the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations. Morris devoted much of his life to the Kelmscott Press. His 1896 edition of the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer is considered a masterpiece.

Found & washed stone, carefully painted and wrapped . . . door stop.


RESOLVE is a 6 by 9 in. letterpress card on heavy Flurry card stock. The two colour transparent base used BLOX modular type. In three matrices and a small edition of just 20. Available in the toMake™ store.


Between Hope & Despair

Between Hope and Despair . . . RESOLVE

Back to What I Can Do

The Buddha in the Backyard
Watches the Dance of Spring
Looking Down I Keep on Walking
Remembering . . . Back to What I Can Do


Green Green Green

Ink on the Press :: a Transparent Green on Flurry Cover Stock
Feet Touching Feet Dancing Feet_SkoraBlurr
The Flowering Apple Tree
My sister Ann would have been 68 today
Ann Holloway


RESOLVE :: A Work in Progress

Flowering Mountain

Along the ridge above town,
running-breathing-touching alive,
I pause beside a flowering Bitterroot.
The first; now waking to spring.
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Have an idea you’d like me to edition on the letterpress? Contact me today.

Earth Day Fifty :: Put Earth First

Put Earth First

'Put Earth First' is a 18.5” by 25” letterpress broadside on Sakamoto kozo, hand-rubbed, copyright by Steven R Holloway, and designed & produced by toMake™ Press & Editions. It is also available as a downloadable PDF.

Thoughts on Earth Day 50 :: Remembering 1970 & OIKOS

In the winter and spring of 1970 I was in school in Ohio; Oberlin College . . . just a few miles from Kent State, the draft lottery numbers freshly served, and Earth Day #1 about to happen. I knew already, given my number, inclination and disposition, that I was soon to leave for Canada. Then there was Kent State and that made my decision clear. These days I wish that I’d stayed put on Kootenay Lake in my tipi but I returned by invitation of President Jimmy Carter a decade later. My girlfriend at the time was in residence at Kent State and I went to visit her on that terrible weekend shooting.
But first Earth Day 1970. I was one of the original organizers on campus that spring and we brought in the Zen Beat west coast poet Gary Snyder for a reading . . . I had the privilege of making his introduction and becoming a friend, and later making a visit to his Sierra home kitkitdizzi (bear grass). Fifty years on and the addiction to fossil fuel and extraction in all forms remains in full destruction of the planet . . . climate change / global heating. Things have not gone so well for our one earth I am sorry to say. I would like to believe that I have made a difference on behalf of the “household of the earth” but I am not so sure anymore. That same summer I carved a block print from a birch log that has remained a lifelong guiding concept: OIKOS.

The bulletin board in the alleyway at toMake™IMG_4068
OIKOS: Household of the Earth, Earth Economics, the Economics of the Household

Tinkering in the Shop

Finally completed a couple projects I’ve been working on for the shop for some time (years).

Letterpress drying holder from a slinky
Ball bearing transport and storage for heavy stones