Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!
Dec
3
10:00 AM10:00

YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!

Sunday, December 3 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

In this class, students will collaboratively design and individually handprint a unique Matchy Matchy memory game. We will choose our images from precarved linoleum blocks in the Signal-Return collection and print them on the proofing presses together. Everyone goes home with a deck of their own featuring five pairs! 

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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Little Gifts for Big Procrastinators
Dec
16
10:00 AM10:00

Little Gifts for Big Procrastinators

SATURDAY, December 16 [10–4 PM]
$120

Create a suite of small gifts and unique packaging in this whirlwind workshop! Participants can choose from hand-sewn blank booklets/journals, personalized bookplates, small 8” x 10” prints from our collection of large wood type, gift tags, and wrapping paper. All materials included.

Instructor: Lee Marchalonis is Signal-Return’s printer-in-residence. Lee has degrees in printmaking and book arts and has taught at Parsons the New School and the Center for Book Arts in New York and Pyramid Atlantic in Maryland. She has printed professionally at Yee-Haw Industries in Knoxville and at the Kala Institute in Berkeley.

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, Jaunary 13 [10–4 PM] • $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design, and every student will receive a folio holding a complete suite of the prints created during this whirlwind workshop. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Valentines Cards
Jan
27
10:00 AM10:00

Valentines Cards

Saturday, Janunary 27 [10-4 PM] • $100

In this one-day workshop students will be print original greeting cards for their loved ones using Signal-Return’s collection of letterpress type and ornaments. Students will learn to properly compose, lockup, register and print their greeting card on the platen presses and proof presses. Students will leave with a small collection of their own greeting cards and envelopes, ready to send. All materials included.

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Valentines Cards
Feb
10
10:00 AM10:00

Valentines Cards

Saturday, FEBRUARY 10 [10-4 PM] • $100

In this one-day workshop students will be print original greeting cards for their loved ones using Signal-Return’s collection of letterpress type and ornaments. Students will learn to properly compose, lockup, register and print their greeting card on the platen presses and proof presses. Students will leave with a small collection of their own greeting cards and envelopes, ready to send. All materials included. 

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Linoleum Carving
Feb
24
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum Carving

Saturday, FEBRUARY 24 [10-4 PM] • $100

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. Students should come to class with an idea or example of the imagry they will carve on a 6”x9” block of linoleum. They will learn to properly lockup, register, and print their block on proof presses. All materials included. 

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Business Cards
Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

Business Cards

Saturday, MARCH 10 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop covers the techniques for composing and setting metal type in order to make your own business card. In addition to gaining typesetting skills, attendees of the workshop will learn how to set up, use, and clean a tabletop platen press which can be used for a variety of other small-scale print applications. All materials included.

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Printing With Wood Type
Mar
24
10:00 AM10:00

Printing With Wood Type

Saturday, MARCH 24 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing using our collective of wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. Come with a favorite phrase, lyric, or motto that you want to print as a poster. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Wood Engraving
Apr
14
to Apr 15

Wood Engraving

Saturday APRIL 14 & SUNDAY April 15 [10-4 PM] • $225

This workshop will cover the basic techniques and materials of wood engraving, a relief printmaking technique. Wood engravings are usually created in a small, illustrative format that renders great detail and wonderful contrasting tones. Engraving is almost a meditative activity. Wood engraving is done on hard, end-grain wood blocks with special tools called gravers. If you have a drawing that you might like to use for an engraving, please bring it along, but that is optional. Drawing and transferring techniques will be covered in the class. All materials and tools will be provided. All materials included.

Instructor: Jim Horton

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, April 28 [10–4 PM] • $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design, and every student will receive a folio holding a complete suite of the prints created during this whirlwind workshop. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Linoleum Carving
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum Carving

Saturday, May 12 [10-4 PM] • $100

Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. Students should come to class with an idea or example of the imagry they will carve on a 6”x9” block of linoleum. They will learn to properly lockup, register, and print their block on proof presses. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Monotype and Letterpress Poster
May
19
to May 20

Monotype and Letterpress Poster

Saturday MAY 19 & SUNDAY MAY 20 [10-4 PM] • $200

Monotypes are one-of- a-kind prints created using a variety of materials including 2D objects such as textured fabric or plant leaves. Found or fabricated stencils can also be used. Various methods are used to create monotypes such as drawing and painting, and monotypes are often dubbed “painterly prints.” Day one of the workshop students will learn a variety of monotype methods and generate prints on Signal Return’s etching press. Day two students will learn to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their text onto the monotypes created in the previous class. Day one students should come prepared with any materials/images they would like to use for their monotypes. Day two students should come prepared with a phrase they would like to print! All materials included.

Instructor: Laura Beyer

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Printing With Wood Type
Jun
23
10:00 AM10:00

Printing With Wood Type

Saturday, June 23 [10-4 PM] • $100

This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing using our collective of wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. Come with a favorite phrase, lyric, or motto that you want to print as a poster. All materials included.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus

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Simple Books for Artists with Mindy Dubansky of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Simple Books for Artists with Mindy Dubansky of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 [10–4 PM]
$125

Here is your chance to spend the day learning from Mindell Dubansky, head of book conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! This one-day hands-on workshop has been developed for visual artists and others who are interested in making books and boxes for presenting their work and collections. Several structures will be made and demonstrated—selected for their simplicity, beauty and ability to support, protect and showcase added artwork or documents. The key feature of these album-like books is their ability to accommodate added materials. These structures, developed by Ms. Dubansky and others, are not published so you will not find them in books, all the more reason to join the workshop! Both soft and hard-bound albums will be shown, some with single sheets others with matted pages. Students will learn how to make a simple hard or soft-bound slipcase. In only one day, you might not finish all of the books shown, but the completion of one book, one slipcase, instructional handouts and lots of ideas to follow up on are guaranteed. Bookbinding experience is useful but not necessary. All materials included.

Instructor: Artist and bookbinder, Mindell Dubansky, is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation, Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is author of numerous book arts related publications, including Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t, Book Objects from the Collection of Mindell Dubansky, published in 2016. To know more about Ms. Dubansky, visit her blogs About Blooks and Alice C. Morse, Designer 1863-1961, or let her show you her collection in A Celebration of Fake Books, from the TV program CBS Sunday Morning, filmed at her Grolier Club exhibition.

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YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!
Nov
5
10:00 AM10:00

YOUTH WORKSHOP: Ready, Set, Match!

Sunday, November 5 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

In this class, students will collaboratively design and individually handprint a unique Matchy Matchy memory game. We will choose our images from precarved linoleum blocks in the Signal-Return collection and print them on the proofing presses together. Everyone goes home with a deck of their own featuring five pairs! 

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Nov
4
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, November 4, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Letterpress Basics: Holiday Cards

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, [10-4 PM]
$100

In this one-day workshop, participants will be printing their own set of holiday cards. They will be using Signal-Return’s collection of type and ornaments, learning how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their cards. Each participant will leave with 25 printed cards.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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YOUTH WORKSHOP: SQUAD GOALS
Oct
22
1:00 PM13:00

YOUTH WORKSHOP: SQUAD GOALS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

Using wood type, students will collaboratively produce a roughly 11"x17" broadside with words inspired by our hopes for the future, which we’ll playfully call squad goals.  Each student will ink and print three of their own squad goal broadsides to keep or to share with friends and family.  

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Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Youth Workshop: Reader's Kits
Sep
25
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Workshop: Reader's Kits

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 [1 - 3 PM]
$25, AGES 8 - 18

Using wood type and original mark making, students will get to print a personal set of bookmarks, bookplates and notebooks in celebration of the new school year.  A great class for kids who love to read and take notes as well as those who would appreciate encouragement in that direction!

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Laptop to Letterpress
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Laptop to Letterpress

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 [6–9 PM] + SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 [10–4PM]
$180 (TOTAL FOR BOTH SESSIONS) + COST OF PLATE (APPROX. $35)

In this two-part workshop, participants will learn how to take an idea from digital design to letterpress print.  In the first session you will learn how to prepare your digital file for plate production. In the second session you will learn how to print your type-high plate. Instruction will include inking and printing the plate and you will leave with a small edition of your work.

NOTE: Student is responsible for cost of plate, approx. $35.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus is an artist and a designer, as well as the Shop Tech at Signal-Return, He graduated in 2010 from the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in Illustration

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Islamic-world Papermaking
Sep
2
to Sep 4

Islamic-world Papermaking

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 [10-4 PM] $100, includes materials

In this workshop, participants will learn about Islamic-world papermaking, and its role in the history of papermaking. The day will be spent with everyone learning the technique of making paper and using it to make their own Islamic-world paper. Simple surface finishing techniques such as brush dyeing, sizing and burnishing will be discussed and examples of traditionally made paper will be shown.

Instructor Bio: Radha Pandey is a graduate with an MFA in Book Arts from the University of Iowa Center for the Book where she studied Letterpress printing, and Bookbinding with a focus on Western, Eastern and Islamic Papermaking techniques taught by Timothy Barrett. In 2012-14 she traveled to investigate Islamic world papermaking techniques in India, and has since undertaken her own research on the essential tools of Islamic papermaking. Her artist’s books are held in 25 public collections including the Library of Congress and Yale University.

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Business Cards
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

Business Cards

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 [10-4 PM] $100

This workshop covers the techniques for composing and setting metal type in order to make your own business card. In addition to gaining typesetting skills, attendees of the workshop will learn how to set up, use, and clean a tabletop platen press which can be used for a variety of other small-scale print applications. All materials included. 

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Printing With Wood Type
Aug
12
10:00 AM10:00

Printing With Wood Type

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 [10-4 PM] $100

This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing using our collective of wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. All materials included. 

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Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Movable Type

SATURDAY, JULY 29 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Reduction Woodcut with Nancy Loeber
Jul
22
to Jul 23

Reduction Woodcut with Nancy Loeber

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, JULY 22—23 [10-4 PM] $200

This workshop will be an introduction to the technique of reduction woodblock printing. In reduction printing, a multi-color print is created using only one block by cutting away more and more of the block in-between each color run. Students will be guided through the process, from preliminary drawing to finished print while learning about cutting tools, carving sequence and color mixing. Each student will carve and edition their own print.

**Cost includes ink, paper, wood, but participants must purchase their own carving tools. Nancy recommends Shinwa Power Grip Carving Tools, Seven Piece Set**

Instructor Bio: Nancy Loeber is an artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has taught at the Center for Book Arts, Pratt University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Penland School of Craft and the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She was a resident artist in the Maine Media Book Arts Studio in Fall 2016.nancyloeber.com

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Youth Workshop: Young Artists' Books
Jul
18
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Workshop: Young Artists' Books

TUESDAY, JULY 18 [1-3 PM] $25
AGES 7-18

Join us in creating a one of a kind book in this summer workshop. Students will learn two simple bookmaking techniques: creating a book from a single sheet of paper and the pamphlet stitch. Text can be added to our books using typewriters. Image making techniques will be introduced including printing textures from found objects such as bubble wrap, leaves and string.

Instructors: Laura Beyer and Ronica Bhattacharya

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Exquisite Corpse Linoleum Carving
Jul
15
10:00 AM10:00

Exquisite Corpse Linoleum Carving

SATURDAY, JULY 15 [10-4 PM] $100

Exquisite corpse, invented by surrealists, is a method by which separate images are collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to a composition in sequence by being allowed to see only the end of what the previous person contributed. In this workshop, students will use linoleum to create their portion of a collective image. Linoleum carving is a common method used by printers to create illustrations and other shape-based elements in their print projects. This beginner-friendly workshop explores the materials and techniques needed to create a hand-carved image that is printable on a letterpress. All materials included. 

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Youth Workshop: Broadsides Bonanza
Jul
11
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Workshop: Broadsides Bonanza

TUESDAY, JULY 11 [1-3 PM] $25
Ages 7-18

“A broadside is a large sheet of paper printed on one side only. Historically, broadsides were posters, announcing events or proclamations, or simply advertisements. Today, broadside printing is done by many smaller printers and publishers as a fine art variant, with poems often being available as broadsides, intended to be framed and hung on the wall.”

In this workshop students will create their own printed broadside. Text elements will include the use of typewriters as well as printed text. Text elements will be printed on Signal Return’s proof presses.

Instructors: Laura Beyer and Ronica Bhattacharya

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Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type
Jun
24
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type

SATURDAY, JUNE 24 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Large Linoleum Letterforms
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

Large Linoleum Letterforms

SATURDAY, JUNE 17 [10-4 PM] $100

The appreciation of letterforms is not reserved just for graphic designers; this introductory level carving and printing class is for anyone taken by the allure of great typography.  This workshop will focus on printing beautiful hand-carved renderings of singular letters. Whether your interests are in following simple classics, exploring ornate display typefaces, or modifying and inventing your own characters; the instructor will have a vast array of reference books and type-catalogs for you to draw inspiration from. All materials included. 

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Postcards From Detroit
Jun
3
10:00 AM10:00

Postcards From Detroit

SATURDAY, JUNE 3 [10-4 PM] $100

In this class students will learn the basic skills of letterpress printing, working with our collection of vintage wood and metal type. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up and print a form on our presses. A small edition will be made of each postcard and every participant will receive a folder with a complete set of the prints created during this workshop. All materials included. 

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Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type
May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Mottos, Mantras and Moveable Type

SATURDAY, MAY 6 [10-4 PM] $100

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world. All materials included. 

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Power of the Press Fest: Family Workshop, Forwards and Backwards
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Power of the Press Fest: Family Workshop, Forwards and Backwards

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH [12–3PM], $25

This family workshop promotes early literacy, playing with the making and printing of concertina name books, dwelling with the idea of the reversal of text and letters in printmaking. Parents can assist children to try several simple techniques to write and transfer letters, make and print letters and text with collagraph techniques and gradient inks, and take home a personalized name book for display.

For children age 6 - 12; participants will be using sharp craft knives; parental participation and supervision is necessary. 

Instructor Bio: Holding House is an art workspace in SW Detroit, dedicated to offering equitable art access to the Detroit community through multi-disciplinary, family-friendly art experiences. Co - owner Adrienne Dunkerley is a primary school librarian, arts educator, and printmaker from the Detroit area, based in Lausanne, Switzerland. She is most interested in the promotion of multiple literacies with students, actively collaborating with international educators across Europe and working with families at the International School of Lausanne.

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Power of the Press Fest: Workshop at Detroit Wood Type Co.
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Power of the Press Fest: Workshop at Detroit Wood Type Co.

Saturday, April 8th [10AM–4PM], $80

This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of typesetting. Participants will be creating letterpress printed pocket notebooks using a mixture of wood type, lead type, and vintage printer's blocks. Saddle stapler, corner rounder, Kingsley foil stamper, and Embos-o-graf will be available for a variety of finishing techniques.

Instructor Bio: Don Kilpatrick - Don Kilpatrick III moved to Detroit in 2007 to begin his career at the College for Creative Studies as a faculty member in the Illustration Department of which he has been the department chair since 2010. A successful freelance illustrator, Kilpatrick's work has been featured in publications such as Fortune, the L.A. Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Additionally, he has exhibited his art work in New York, Philadelphia, and Miami. The Butcher's Daughter hosted Kilpatrick's first solo exhibition in November of 2012, and another solo exhibition in December of 2013

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Power of the Press Fest: Print-Together with Ocelot Print Shop
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Power of the Press Fest: Print-Together with Ocelot Print Shop

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 [10AM-1PM], $60

In this collaborative screen printing workshop, create artwork to print on-site using hands-on, computer-free methods. Contribute your own handmade, one-color artwork to your workshop's collaborative 4-color print, which could be on a poster, tote bag, or t-shirt.

Instructor bio: Ocelot Print Shop is a community screen printing shop in Detroit that is dedicated to providing a collaborative work space to members of our community, offering non-traditional education in the form of classes and skill shares, and offering full design and screen print services.

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Power of the Press Fest: Chromatic Typographic RISO Posters
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Power of the Press Fest: Chromatic Typographic RISO Posters

  • 3583 Dubois Street Detroit, MI, 48207 United States (map)
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SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH [10AM–4PM], $100

Explore the delight of Risograph printing by making multi-colored posters using chromatic typography. This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of Risograph printing for making multi-color prints and familiarize participants with the mechanics of the Risograph printer. We’ll also explore approaches to making chromatic type and lettering. Participants will produce small editions of posters.

Instructor Bio: Ryan Molloy is an inter-disciplinary designer and educator. Ryan Molloy is currently a professor of graphic design at Eastern Michigan University. Prior to EMU he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin’s Design Division where he also received his M.F.A. in Design. Molloy has a B.Arch. degree as well, and he has worked as both an architect and a graphic designer. His design work has received several awards including the Art Directors Club Young Guns award. Molloy was a co-coordinator for the Open Book Workshop, an experimental book workshop based on the 2010 exhibition Open Book: An International Survey of Experimental Books. Ryan Molloy and Leslie Atzmon received a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant for the workshop and the book The Open Book Project. He is currently developing chromatic fonts for letterpress printing. 

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Power of the Press Fest: Poster Power with Amos Kennedy
Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Power of the Press Fest: Poster Power with Amos Kennedy

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 [9-3 PM], $100

Leave your exceptions at the door. This is workshop is about doing. You will be introduced to the basic principles of poster design and letterpress printing while producing a poster for a Detroit grassroot organization. 

Instructor Bio: Amos Kennedy is an internationally celebrated letterpress printer, based in Detroit. Kennedy says "I was told years ago that everything you do is political and so my art is really a political statement. And the story of my art, when someone can actually cipher it out, is a statement of what I envision the world to be."

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LETTERPRESS BASICS: MOTTOS, MANTRAS AND MOVEABLE TYPE
Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

LETTERPRESS BASICS: MOTTOS, MANTRAS AND MOVEABLE TYPE

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 [10-4 PM], $90

This class will teach the primary skills of letterpress printing using vintage handset typography. Each participant will learn how to properly compose, lock-up, and print a form on our presses.  A small edition will be made of each design, and every student will receive a folio holding a complete suite of the prints created during this whirlwind workshop. Please come prepared with a short motto or mantra that you’d like to share with the world.

Instructor: Signal-Return Staff

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Bold Broadsides
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

Bold Broadsides

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 [10-4 PM], $90

Have a favorite phrase, lyric, or motto that you want to print as a poster? This workshop teaches the basic techniques for composing wood type in order to make a bold text-based poster statement. In addition to learning how to work with type, attendees will gain knowledge in locking-up and printing their composition on a manual proof press. 

Instructor: Lee Marchalonis

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Large Linoleum Letterforms
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Large Linoleum Letterforms

Saturday, February 18 [10–4PM], $90

The appreciation of letterforms is not reserved just for graphic designers; this introductory level carving and printing class is for anyone taken by the allure of great typography.  This workshop will focus on printing beautiful hand-carved renderings of singular letters. Whether your interests are in following simple classics, exploring ornate display typefaces, or modifying and inventing your own characters; the instructor will have a vast array of reference books and type-catalogs for you to draw inspiration from.

Instructor: Joel Grothaus is an artist and designer who also works as Shop Tech at Signal-Return. He graduated in 2010 from the College for Creative Studies with a BFA in Illustration.

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Feb
12
1:00 PM13:00

Youth Workshop: Valentine Cards

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 [1-3 PM], AGES 8-18, $25

In this special workshop just for kids (7 years and up), participants will make a small edition of valentines to share with family and friends.  Using Signal-Return’s simple proof presses, we will print from original blocks we create in the first half of the workshop. Each participant will leave with 5 cards and envelopes.

Instructor: Ronica Dhar

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