Letterpress - Promoting individual expression
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Learn letterpress techniques from master printer Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. who is known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters. One critic noted that Kennedy was “…unafraid of asking uncomfortable questions about race and artistic pretension.”
Kennedy creates prints, posters and postcards from handset wood and metal type, oil-based inks, and eco-friendly and affordable chipboard. Many of the posters are inspired by proverbs, sayings, and quotes Kennedy locates or potential clients provide.
He “produces large editions of wildly colourful, typographically-driven posters which are often so riotously layered with vibrant colours of ink as to retain a wet iridescence and tackiness years after they were printed. His working method often involves overprinting multiple layers of text …resulting in no two prints being truly identical.”
Amos says he is “a master at printing badly”, But what incredible results!
This class will qualify as training for the studio membership program.
Instructor: Amos Kennedy
Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is an American printer, book artist and papermaker who hails from Louisiana, but has made Detroit home. Mr. Kennedy is best known for social and political commentary, particularly in printed posters. He works with orphaned type and linocut imagery and patterns printed in layer upon layer of ink. The results are rich surfaces of deep texture and color.