Workshops + Panels

Special workshop with SHIFT-LAB: Pathways to Collaboration

Exchange ideas, make new connections, and forge paths together in this collaborative letterpress printing workshop. Participants will create a letterpress project grounded in reference material and information. Working with language gathered from information searches, collaborators will use handset lead type and use polymer plates to engage in playful interpretations of language and consider ways that people collect and share information.

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P22 Blox with Rich Kegler

P22 Blox was designed as a modular letterpress printing block system designed to create poster lettering or abstract patterns. Using the P22 Blox sorts, participants will explore typographic design possibilities with only eight basic shapes and a consistent grid on a flat bed cylinder press (vandercook). Kegler will guide participants in design exercises towards producing collaborative prints with assembled typographic shapes.

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Make a Custom Bonefolder with Katherine Victoria Taylor

Learn how to shape and polish a custom bonefolder (or polymer plate lifter à la Paul Moxon) using a variety of hand tools. Your new bonefolder will allow you to hand cut, crease and fold like you never have before!

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Making Inks from AlienWeeds with Patterson Clark

Learn how to make ink out of weeds! A spin around the color wheel supplied by exotic invasive vegetation. MORNING: Weed-Wood Black, MFRose Red, Barberry Blacklight Yellow. AFTERNOON: Ivy Green, Asiatic Bittersweet Orange, Honeysuckle Blue. Inks are extracted using a variety of methods, but all are VOC-free and letterpress-friendly. This is a day-long class; however, feel free to attend for half a day to learn a few colors.

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Sintra Board Secrets with Heather Moulder

Sintra board is a PVC board often used for advertising and signage, but happens to also work wonders in a letterpress setting. Experiment in transfer methods, carving, writing or pressing textures into its semi-soft surface, or even using it additively with existing type/blocks. No experience necessary– great for teachers, beginners, or printers looking to experiment with new carving materials/processes.

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Brayer Offset Inking Methods with Large Wood Type with Stephanie Carpenter

In this half-day workshop we will explore brayer offset inking methods. This is an inking technique that produces one-of-a-kind prints with a lot of depth and dimension. We will create interesting textures and patterns using proof presses, wood type, and brayers. The brayers become our tools for transferring images onto large wood type or directly onto the paper. Expect to make multiple prints while learning tips and tricks for exploring a fun method of creating unique imagery.

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Fontforge for the Letterpress Printer with Arie Koelewyn

Fontforge is a free software package for creating custom Truetype fonts for the computer. In conjunction with free simple graphics (Paint) and word processing (Open Office) software, the patient letterpress printer can use Fontforge to create (or recreate historical) dingbats, logotypes and ornaments that can be utilized in their print jobs. Because they’re in a computer font, just about any size can be created easily and printed on your favorite press. We’ll create a custom dingbat font with Fontforge to be shared among the participants in the workshop. You’ll need to bring a Windows or Mac laptop computer with enough memory to install a couple of large applications and a USB port. A digital camera (phone camera is fine) with the ability to move photos to the computer would help, but isn’t crucial. We won’t be doing any letterpress printing, but will discuss sending a digital file off to an engraver such as Owosso Graphic Arts or Boxcar to have plates made.

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Traditional Paper Marbling with Megan Singleton

In this half day workshop, participants will explore traditional paper marbling techniques on paper to create unique and beautiful papers for printing and bookbinding. We will begin with discussing preparation and set up for marbling, including mixing a carrageen size bath, mixing and applying alum mordant to paper, and mixing custom pigments using acrylic paint and gall. This will be followed by demonstrations in traditional marbling techniques in pattern making including, stone marble, nonpareil, peacock, chevron, and more. Students will have their own marbling tray and make a variety of marbled papers.

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Respond/React with Ben Blount

Work for clients can be limiting. A blank page can be daunting. But working in novel ways, within new constraints, can be liberating. In this workshop we’ll forgo the typical planned approach and print in real-time on the press to create one-of-a-kind prints. I’ll bring the stimulus (sheets of paper pre-printed with words and letterforms from wood type) and we’ll see how you respond. We will bring all our experience and intuition to bear on these unique prints that will be equal parts improvisation and collaboration. This workshop is intended for those with some experience printing on a Vandercook.

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Print/Bind: Double Needle Notebook with Val Lucas

Create a one-of-a-kind journal with decorated covers. The first session, we will use wood type, ornaments, pressure printing and decorative inking to print collage-style sheets of paper. Then we’ll use these sheets of paper to create covers for a blank journal or sketchbook, bound with the Double Needle sewing technique. This structure opens totally flat to allow for easy sketching and writing. Students will leave with a finished book and extra sheets of printed paper. All levels welcome.

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Pressroom Pattern Printing, A Bookcloth Making Class with Felicia Koloc

In this exploratory workshop, students will attempt to view the pressroom through a different lens as they test using common printing supplies in experimental ways to design unique patterns on cloth. The focus will be on using minimal colors and simple shapes to hand print an exquisite fabric for bookbinding purposes. This class will be divided into two sessions, with the first day being used for printing your cloth and the second session for turning your printed cloth into versatile bookcloth.

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Thinking out of the Box with Catalina Rojas

How do you create innovative packaging that stands out and appeals to your ideal client? The objective of the day is to let your creativity fly while creating out-of-the-box, functional options for a product or portfolio presentation. In the first half of the course, we will discover new modes of packaging by letting go of our usual ways and opening to innovative solutions. The second part of the course will focus on materializing this new solution through a hands-on use of letterpress. Please bring an object or idea that you want to package or materialize into a product. Get creative–the “object” can be a poem, your business concept, an heirloom, or even yourself.

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Vandercook Maintenance with Paul Moxon

Participants will learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs. We will also discuss all models of interest and other brands as warranted. Bring your questions, photos and/or broken parts. Paul will also share examples from his collection of Vandercook literature.

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Beginning Heidelberg Windmill Operation with Graham Judd

Heidelberg windmill workshop for beginners and early learners! Learn how all the settings and controls work, the use of the accessories that come with the press, and how to run your press efficiently. Using the ink duct, double inking, using and adjusting the register gauges. Bring your own issues and questions. A hands on workshop to help you print for profit on your Heidelberg. Even if you don’t yet own a windmill this is your opportunity to learn the basic skills of running one.

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Freeform Backgrounds and Books: It is Better Than a Pressure Print! with Virginia Rougon Chavis

In search for a method to mix letterpress printing with other forms of fine art relief printing? Particpants will use a flatbed cylinder press and plexiglass to layer images and provide depth in their work. A similar aesthetic to pressure printing, but with a cleaner line & the ability to print longer runs, the process works with a variety of paper weights. Beginning with cutting out thin layers of adhesive-backed plastic (like contact paper), we will adhere those images to plexiglass and print in a collagraph manner, producing a very clean image, that can be layered with other images. After printing, if there’s time, participants will trade prints with the group and create an artist book using the drum leaf structure. Participants will take home their plexiglass mounted on MDF for future printing.

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Small Printshop Layout Ideas that Work with Graham Judd

We all have work spaces in our studios that, with a little thought and outsider suggestions, could be improved. Graham is keen on efficiency of the printshop, and has gleaned ideas from 40 years in the trade. This workshop will, as a group, explore layout ideas, with input from all. Hopefully participants will take away ideas to improve the efficiency of their studios and workspaces.

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Make a Portfolio with Katherine Victoria Taylor

Add some bookbinding skills to your repertoire and learn how to make a custom cloth and paper-bound portfolio. Portfolios are a great way to showcase your work to clients or to house a deluxe series of prints. Katherine will also go over how to adjust your materials so that you may make custom portfolios for all of your future projects!

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Pouring Press Parts with Dave Caruso

Want to make your own printing press parts on-demand? Learn how Dave Caruso at Boxcar Press uses liquid plastic casting resins in silicone molds to make reliable, accurate Heidelberg Windmill roller trucks, lay gauges, and more. If you have a roller truck or small press part that needs replication, bring it along so we can find the best way to copy it.

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Quick and Dirty Linocut Reduction with Laura Baisden

Linocut reduction is RAD because you only have to have one block for the whole process. You don’t have to worry about as many registration issues, you carve less material overall and it challenges you to layer color to achieve the intended goal (or learn to accept the surprises). In this class, each student will carve and print a two color image. Carving tools will be provided, but you’re welcome and encouraged to bring your own if you have them. A block of mounted linoleum, paper and ink will also be on site. I encourage all the students to think of an image ahead of time. Keep it on the simpler side for the purpose of speed! If anyone doesn’t have an idea, I’ll have a few prepped so we won’t get hung up on coming up with a new idea on the spot! (Often, “what to carve” is the hardest part! Our goal is to teach the technique so you can go home and expand your skills!) Suggestions include: A geometric pattern. Abstract shapes. A pet or flower– simplify to black line art and be ready to trace!

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Hacking the Platen Press with Arie Koelewyn

Your platen press has some built-in limitations. 150+ years worth of your predecessors’ ingenuity have overcome many these limitations and even expanded the platen press’ capabilities. Printers have figured out how to get around just about any limitation you may find in your way. And their ideas can be added to and improved on. This is a class designed to look at many of the ingenious techniques and tools that have been developed and may not be generally known. And to foster the idea that today’s printers can continue this process of innovation. We’ll spend the morning talking/demonstrating/practicing and then the afternoon putting some of the techniques and tools to work.

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Windmillery with Ben Jones

The workshop will focus on basic maintenance for the Heidelberg platen for printers with experience of at least year on their machine or for those who have already taken one of Graham’s classes. The things we’ll cover (a working list): resetting the ink fountain, changing a shear collar, air pump cleaning, setting the grippers, gripper head adjustment, assessing a press before buying, register testing, air valve cleaning, safety, and issues participants bring to the class.

Cutting Wood Type on the Pantograph with Scott Moore

More info coming soon!

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