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Visiting Artist Workshop: Make A Dent with Ben Blount

Saturday, JULY 13 [10-4 PM] • $125 • All Materials Included

Since the early 1500s the printing press has been used to share important information with the public. Whether proclamation or promotion, propaganda or praise, the power of the press has been used for centuries to tell important stories. What story do you have to tell?

 American author and storyteller Studs Terkel said the purpose of life is “To make a dent.” In this workshop, we’ll work with wood type to create posters with bite. We will make a literal and figurative impression (without damaging the type) by printing bold messages on paper. Do you have something important to say? A message that needs to be shared? Come to this workshop and put it down on paper.

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Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves books, type, and putting ink on paper. His work often explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. He is a believer in the power of the printed word and has taught workshops at places like The Cleveland Institute of Art, Florida Atlantic University, and Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Ben learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with mentors and lots of practice. He currently prints out of his storefront studio in Evanston, IL.

Earlier Event: June 20
Thursday Night Market
Later Event: July 18
Thursday Night Market