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Introduction to Letterpress

June 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am

This one-day 5-hour course will provide participants with the basic knowledge and hands-on experience to start them on the path to letterpress proficiency. We will briefly cover all the bits, pieces and nomenclature of this hundreds-of-years-old printing tradition, including type,spacing and the styles of  presses. Students will then design, prepare and print their own small letterpress project, and conclude by distributing their type and tidying the shop. Students will receive a printed guide to letterpress and the materials needed to produce their project. Upon completion of this course students will be able to arrange Supervised Printingat the Brickyard Collaborative Book Arts studio, and are eligible to take the Intermediate Letterpress class. This class will be taught by MitchelAhern, who runs Brickyard Collaborative Book Arts studio and mitchelka Show Card Press He is a volunteer staff member at the Museum of Printing inHaverhill, Mass., and participates in Reflex Letterpress and Flower City Arts Book Arts Center. He has exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and soloin group shows at many galleries including Atlantic Works Gallery, Galatea and many others. He combines letterpress and letterpress printing on fabric with his performance art practices on projects such as Boston Haiku Times at the Figment festival on the Boston Greenway.

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June 15, 2019
10:00 am