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Letterpress Intensive – Abigail Bainbridge

July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016

| $750

July 18-22
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $25
Class limit: 6

There’s nothing, for a writer or designer, like the feeling you get when you realize letters can be tangible things; that you can hold your words in your hands; that even the space between words is a physical object. Spend a week with WSW’s collection of lead and wood type and learn traditional hand typesetting and letterpress printing. Bring your words or someone else’s plus a dose of curiosity and discover the magic of letterpress! We’ll start with a communal broadsheet just to learn the process, then students will make their own broadsheets or simple pamphlet bindings. Those also enrolled in the following week’s workshop—Bookbinding: Case Binding with Rounded Spine—can use their letterpress work for the bindings in that class and continue to use the letterpress studio. No prior experience in printing is expected.

Register now by making a non-refundable $300 deposit.

During Abby’s residency at WSW, she printed and bound her artist’s book The Complex of All These, which features intaglio, letterpress, and sewn binding. She finished her book, made a stop action animation of the process, and helped the other book arts resident finish her project all in eight weeks. Abby returned as a teacher a couple of summers ago and ran a fabulous class…and is now back by popular demand. Take a look at her YouTube video of the making of The Complex of All These.


Abigail Bainbridge

Abigail Bainbridge is a book and paper conservator. She is the conservation science lecturer for the MA in book and paper conservation program at Camberwell College of Arts (London) and is Associate Tutor in the book conservation department at West Dean College. She is also an occasional short course tutor at the London Center for Book Arts where she is a member of Icon and the treasurer of its Book & Paper Group. Previously she worked as a book conservator at Columbia University and Paper Dragon Books, and was the associate coordinator of Dolphin Print & Press at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has an MA in book conservation at West Dean College in England, and thoughtfully contributes regularly to the book arts list serve.



July 18, 2016
July 22, 2016
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