MCBA Acquires Wood Type for Printing in Other Languages

Left: Beautiful new Hebrew type. Right: Glyphs can be used with our existing Latin alphabets to print in Spanish and Swedish.

Minnesota Center for Book Arts becomes first public center in US to offer multilingual alphabets

Minnesota Center for Book Arts is proud to announce the acquisition of beautiful new wood type in Hebrew and Arabic, plus Spanish and Swedish glyphs. With this movement beyond English wood type, MCBA hopes to expand potential audiences and practitioners of letterpress printing.

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Papermaking Lab January 25

Tuesday, January 25; 5–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab January 25”

Papermaking Lab February 15

Tuesday, February 15; 5–9pm CT
Experience required

Beat fiber with MCBA’s Reina beater and two Valley beaters. Or, bring prepared paper fiber for sheet-forming. The paper studio has a variety of western-style and eastern-style moulds and deckles for making sheets, two hydraulic presses, plenty of vats and felts with air-drying racks and restraint dryers. The valley beaters hold approximately .75 lb. (dry fiber or half stuff); the Reina holds up to 2 lbs. dry fiber (half-stuff only). Continue reading “Papermaking Lab February 15”

Paper Beater Training February 15

Tuesday, February 15; 6:30-7:30pm CT
Experience Required

If you aren’t already trained to use our paper beaters, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s paper beaters, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.
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Cutting Equipment Training February 22

Tuesday, February 22; 6:30-7:30pm CT

If you aren’t already trained to use our cutting equipment, here is your opportunity! Through hands-on training you will learn the capabilities of each piece of MCBA’s bindery cutting equipment, and how to use them correctly and safely. Completion of this training will allow you to rent this equipment and use it independently.
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Intentional Over-Marbling

with Sally Power
Saturday, January 22; 10am–4pm CT

Over-marbling is the process of marbling a sheet of paper that has already been marbled once. Marblers often learn to over-marble as a way of improving previously marbled paper that did not turn out as well as they had hoped. However, when done intentionally, over-marbling can create beautiful effects! This in-person workshop will cover some of the most popular over-marbling approaches including more complex and unique patterns. Participants will have the opportunity to build their over-marbling skills in terms of both pattern and color combinations with the guidance of the teaching artist. Continue reading “Intentional Over-Marbling”

Letterpress 1: Printing Basics

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, January 22; 10am–4pm CT

This in-person letterpress workshop offers an introduction to MCBA’s print studio—including key equipment, tools, and terminology—in addition to an opportunity to experience the satisfaction of printing a message through the hands-on process of letterpress printing. Get to know MCBA’s wood type collection and learn beginning typesetting with wood type. Learn the basics of working with a flatbed cylinder press including operation, safety, and care while building skills using the equipment with support from a teaching artist. In pairs, design and print your own small edition of posters on a Vandercook press. Continue reading “Letterpress 1: Printing Basics”