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Earlybird registrations close at the end of July. Get in quick to save money and be certain of a place at the first Association of Book Crafts International Conference. The conference programme is looking great with a wide and varied mix of presentations that are sure to stimulate and inspire. Alongside the exciting array of subjects being presented by our guest speakers there will be opportunities for networking with other book arts and crafts enthusiasts, visit the trade fair and attend workshops. Go to our website for more information and details of how to register. Featured below is one our illustrious presenters who will be sharing his expertise at the conference in October.
Tara Mcleod
Tara will be discussing recent technology innovations influencing letterpress: photopolymer plates and laser cutting, giving access to letterpress printmaking on a broader scope than with traditional materials. Showing printed examples of metal types held by the Pear Tree Press of which are now currently popular computer fonts in commercial use. Examples of design using metal and wood types displaying the freeing up of typographic thinking whilst working within the constraints of letterpress technology.
Tara is a multimedia artist with a background in graphic design. His works have been exhibited widely including the Dowse Art Museum and The Alexander Turnbull Library who hold a substantial collection of his work in their Rare Books and Fine Printing Collection. Since 2001 until its recent closure Tara was the designer/printer at the Holloway Press University of Auckland. 

Pear Tree Press books and prints are collected by major libraries and private collectors in New Zealand, United States, England, Australia and Canada.   His work had been reviewed in Matrix and featured in Parenthesis. He is a regular printer in residence at the University of Otago 's Otakau Press and has exhibited at The Whittington Press, Oxford, England.
Tara has the distinction of being the only contemporary New Zealand artist to feature in the book Real Gold: Treasures of Auckland Public Libraries.