Sign Press: Print Your Voice

with Molly Poganski
Thursday, May 9; 6–9pm CT

In this in-person workshop, learn about the history and power of the printing press as a tool for sharing information while printing your own message on a sign press! Learn the basics of setting and locking up type on the sign press. Join others in choosing ink colors and type to hand set a word or short phrase with guidance from the instructor. Each participant will print at least one copy of their message to take home—along with inspiration to keep printing!

MCBA’s sign press has a unique typesetting system that allows type to be locked up on press more quickly than on other machines. Each piece of type is slotted and held securely in place with specialized locking clips. Type can also be locked up using magnets These “quick and dirty” features make this press great for getting a message on paper speedily and without a lot of finicky typesetting. 

This workshop introduces participants to some technical skills required for letterpress printing, but participation in Letterpress 1: Printing Basics, Letterpress 2: Setting Type, and Letterpress 3: Two-Color Postcards is needed in order to attend Letterpress Labs to print independently in MCBA’s studios.

All skill levels welcome
Certificate: 3 hours, Category A or D

$70/participant (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
$35 for BIPOC/Financial scholarship participants (10% discount for MCBA members) + $15 materials fee
MCBA offers two scholarship types for workshops—Financial Hardship Scholarships and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Scholarships—to honor equity and increase access and artistic opportunities for those who have historically been underrepresented in the book arts. For individuals to whom these scholarships do not apply, register at the Adult rate and, if you are able, consider making a donation when registering to support MCBA’s efforts to make scholarships available.

Please note: Registration closes 5/6 at midnight (CT).