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Letterpress: Movable Type + Polymer Plates

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West Town, West Side
1821 W Hubbard St Ste 302
Btwn N Wolcott Ave & N Wood St
Chicago, Illinois 60622
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Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 6
Teacher: Ruby Figueroa

What you'll learn in this letterpress class:

Letterpress printing has been making an impression since 1440 when Gutenberg invented movable type. Letterpress printing creates a tactile and inviting debossment in paper by using a mechanical press to prints from metal or wood type. This “punch” makes letterpress a popular choice for greeting cards, business cards, invitations, broadsides, and a wide range of printed ephemera. While it began as a commercial process, artists, designers, typographers and illustrators are continually finding new ways to approach the art form.

This course introduces both traditional handset type AND polymer plates. Polymer plates allow artists to print from digital designs (illustrations, text, and even photographs) and can be made in house or ordered online.

Students will develop foundational skills by using a composing stick to hand set lines of types. From there, projects will introduce more technical considerations as well as creative approaches to printing. Students will learn to learn to lock-up type, prepare digital files for print, create polymer plates, set pressure, mix and modify ink and (maybe most importantly) safely operate our machines.

Throughout the class students will acquire the technical skills to be authorized to print independently at Spudnik Press and the creative skills to produce inventive and alluring prints for years to come.

Prerequisites: None

Authorization: Vandercook 4, NuArc Platemaker, Pearl & Pilot Presses, Chandler & Price Press, Vandercook SP-25

Student Material List: Paper for independent projects

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For all classes, a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a seat, unless specified otherwise. One-day workshops require full payment. For cancellations made at least one week prior to the first class, we can refund 50% of the full tuition, or give 100% studio credit to be used within the next 6 months. For cancellations made with less than one weeks notice, we can only give studio credit to be used within the next 6 months. No refund is available if students cancel within 48 hours of the class, workshop or lesson.

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The Spudnik Press Annex hosts a gallery and classroom, independent studios, and shared work space for writers, bookmakers, artists, students, and others. A reference library of small press and experimental book projects is in development.

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