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Metal Type: The Good, The Bad and The Spacing

Saturday, July 26 [10–4 PM]
$100  | 10 participants max

The best way to understand type is to study it in its metal form. This workshop is designed to improve your understanding of typography so that your letterpress work (whether you are a beginning or a seasoned printer) can improve and move beyond initial experimentation. Working with metal type is not limiting or intimidating.; you just have to know what to do and feel comfortable with the materials.  We'll look at the history of metail type, address common problems in hand composition and pull type that presents aesthetic challenges to work through. We'll also look at tips and tricks to get the best results from 50+ year old type. No prior letterpress experience is required, but this class will be all about understanding metal type and not about print production.

Instructor: Jennifer Farrell has been at the press since 1996, operating for the last 15 years as Starshaped Press in Chicago. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer's work appears in print and poster shows throughout Europe and the USA. You can see her work here:

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