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Words Have Meaning: A Letterpress Workshop – Stephanie Carpenter
July 9 - July 13| $800
July 9 – 13
Tuition: $750 members / $800 non-members
Lab fee: $75
Class limit: 5
Letterpress printing is a tactile art form. Each step of the process is a physical act, from sketching ideas on paper to gathering the type and making the impression. In this class, we’ll explore letterpress printing using written language. We will delve into this topic by breaking down words and letterforms into modular components to communicate specific meanings. Working with both traditional and contemporary approaches to creating relief prints, participants will use a variety of materials such as wood, metal, and plastic type, along with carved linoleum blocks to create unique work that tells a story. We’ll also combine type and images to add depth and dimension to our prints. Demonstrations will include pressure printing, monoprinting, typesetting, and registering multiple layers and colors. Participants will have the opportunity to produce a variety of printed pieces as either small editions or monoprints. All experience levels are welcome.
Stephanie Carpenter is a letterpress printer, book artist, and graphic designer. She is the Assistant Director at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, WI. At the museum, she teaches workshops, gives tours, and helps catalog one of the world’s largest collections of wood type. Her evenings are spent creating personal art in the form of posters, installations, and artists’ books using wood and metal type and hand-carved blocks. Stephanie received a BA in Communication Arts and Graphic Design from the University of Saint Francis and an MFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University.