The letterpress classes and workshops listed here are taught by Keith Cross at the Mass Art Press located at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Read a blog post about our Fall 2014 workshop!
You might also like this review of our Spring 2013 workshop.
Here are some wonderful pictures taken by Tom Bergeron from the June 20, 2015 workshop.
The Mass Art Press has five Vandercook presses: 3 SP15s, a Universal 1 and a 219 Old Style. Our pressroom type collection includes over 500 fonts of metal and wood type and is one of the largest letterpress shops for students in New England.
Watch this excellent video about letterpress and book arts at the Mass Art Press!
This workshop is an introduction to letterpress printing and manual type setting for the complete beginner. You'll learn to use a job stick, hand-set type from our expanding collection of metal and wood type typefaces and ornaments and then print your work on of our five Vandercook flatbed cylinder presses. We supply the paper, you supply the ambition!
For the first half of the workshop, we'll thoroughly explore the wood type collection. You'll have a chance to create wood type posters using a variety of type and in a variety of colors. Phew! Break for lunch. Then, for the second half of the workshop, bring a six word memoir. We'll set these memoirs, compose them into a single poem (Exquisite Corpse style) and create a poetry broadside.
about our Fall 2014 letterpress workshop!
You can also read this review of our Spring 2013 letterpress workshop.
Schedule: Saturday, June 18, 2016; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Take a look at these examples of woodtype/six word memoir prints!
This workshop is suitable for the complete beginner or anyone who has had an introduction to letterpress, but wants more time on press and additional experience working with our large collection of wood and metal type. You'll also have more opportunities to work with any of our five Vandercook proof presses. The workshop includes an introduction to manual type setting with metal type, wood type, and ornaments. You'll learn to compose lines of text, then whole paragraphs, which may be combined with found or hand made images. l
Also bring your ideas for an appropriately sized project to print, such as:
Pulchritudinous, it will be! Power to the printer!
During the workshop, we'll explore the entire letterpress process through hands-on demonstrations, such as hand-set composition using a job stick, on-press/in galley page composition, proper inking and preparing to print,proper sheet feeding, underlay on worn type, make-ready for perfecting impression and more. The class also experiments with overprinting colors and printing illustrations. If you're handy with linoleum cutting tools, you could prepare a block ahead of time (or overnight if you're a real whizzbang!). Manual dexterity is necessary, but more importanly, patience, a thirst for letterpress, and patience. Did I already mention patience?
Additionally, students will be taken on a tour of the T.J. Lyons Collection–an eclectic menagerie of printing and typographic Americana housed at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. More than 2,500 fonts of 19th and early 20th Century wood and metal types–including rare and unusual types manufactured in New England–are available for research, use, and discovery. In addition to the type collection, there are rare specimen books showing the wood and metal type, wood border collection, a collection of cuts and blocks of Americana, and a special collection of brass stamping dies used by the Riverside Press.
Summer Schedule: August 12–14, 2016;
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Take a look at this happy group of letterpressers!
Big smiles and fun with these letterpressers!