Freedom of the Press: Broadsides and the Hand Press

with Bill Myers
Saturday, October 8; 10am–4pm CT

From the 16th to the 19th century, printed broadsides and posters were a major means of communication. Unlike pamphlets and newspapers, single sheets posted on walls and lampposts could work something like present day billboards, placing advertisements, announcements of events, political statements, and satirical ballads in front of the public. Make use of MCBA’s extensive wood type collection to make your own posters, printing them on a 19th-century iron hand press. These presses were (very likely) originally used to print just the sort of work we will create. These presses also make it easy to experiment with multicolor designs. Bring brief texts you would like to print or use content provided by the instructor.

This workshop introduces participants to the technical skills required for letterpress printing, but participation in Letterpress 1–3 is needed in order to attend Letterpress Labs for future printing on MCBA’s hand presses.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B or D

$130/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
$65 for BIPOC participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
We are offering a reduced rate to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) participants to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom this does not apply, register at the rate listed first and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make reduced rates available.

All in-person program participants are required to be vaccinated, have received a booster dose, and wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios. Proof of vaccination must be received three days (72 hours) before the start of the workshop or enrollment is subject to cancellation with a full refund. See our COVID Safety Guidelines for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 10/3 at midnight (CT).