Platen Press Printing

with Kerri Sandve
Thursdays: July 14, 21; 6–9pm CT

This in-person letterpress workshop focuses on setting metal type and building familiarity with printing on lever-operated tabletop platen presses. Build agility navigating MCBA’s type collection and get a refresher on setting type with a composing stick, line justification, and kerning. The method for holding type together (or “locking up” a form) is different for a tabletop platen than it is for a flatbed cylinder press in that a chase (which looks like a frame) contains the type for printing. Participants will be reminded of the procedures necessary for maintaining a community type collection and print studio, in addition to basic platen press operation, care, and safety. This workshop is an excellent refresher and opportunity to get acquainted with MCBA’s platen presses. Participants will come away with their own small edition of postcards/broadsides. Past participation in Letterpress 1: Printing Basics and Letterpress 2: Setting Type are required before registering for this workshop.

Experience required
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 7/8 at midnight (CT).