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Letterpress Toolkit – Sarah McDermott
July 10, 2017 - July 14, 2017| $750
Tuition: $750 ($700 members)
Lab fee: $45
Class limit: 6
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This class will teach you to create type-high images and matrices using an array of both traditional and non-traditional letterpress techniques. We will work with linoleum blocks and house-processed polymer plates made from hand drawn images and hand cut film that will yield lines and forms with a variety of qualities. These techniques are good for both imagery and lettering. We will embrace unanticipated surprises on the press as we create layers with pressure printing and monoprint techniques. We will combine methods and matrices as we plan our projects, carve blocks, prepare negatives, expose polymer plates, work on registration, and print. Additionally, each participant will have the opportunity to make a small edition of a folded form to trade with other students. Throughout the workshop we will pay special attention to materials, including the investigation of papers appropriate for both folding and printing. This class is open to both experienced and new printers.
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Sarah was an artist in residence in 2014, creating a beautifully printed artist’s book, Channel and Flow, so I knew she was a crackerjack letterpress printer. Part of her residency involved teaching high school students, so I have observed her as a crackerjack teacher as well.
Sarah McDermott is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She received her MFA in Book Arts from the University of Alabama and her BA in Urban Studies from Brown University. She previously taught printmaking at the University of North Florida, and letterpress, book arts and printmaking in the Art and the Book M.A. program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design of George Washington University. She has held residencies at Women’s Studio Workshop, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, and the Center for Book Arts in New York City where she was a Van Lier Scholar in 2010-11, and her work is held in multiple public and private collections including Yale University Arts Library, the Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery Library, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Brown University Artists’ Books Collection.