Letterpress 2: Setting Type

with Erin Maurelli
Saturday, November 20; 10am–4pm CT

Welcome back to the print studio! This in-person letterpress workshop focuses on setting metal type and building familiarity with printing on the Vandercook press. Learn how to navigate MCBA’s type collection, how type is stored and organized, and how to arrange it in a composing stick for setting a text. Training will be provided on line justification, kerning (space between letters and words), and methods for holding type together (or “locking up” a form) for printing. Procedures for maintaining a community type collection and print studio will also be covered, in addition to a review of basic press operation, care, and safety. This workshop is an excellent refresher and opportunity to get reacquainted with MCBA’s presses and print studio. 

Participants are expected to have taken Letterpress 1: Printing Basics or any other letterpress workshop. Participants build technical skills required for letterpress printing in this workshop, but more training is needed to attend Letterpress Studio Lab and to rent equipment for independent use.

Experience required
Certificate: 6 hours, Category B

$120/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
$60 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 and to wear a mask while in MCBA’s studios and the Open Book building. By registering for an in-person program, you agree to these terms. See our COVID protocols for more information.

Please note: Registration closes 11/11 at midnight (CT).