Print the letterpress portion of your next artist book!
Date: Jul 22 – 28, 2018
Levels: Intermediate, Intermediate
Workshop Fee: $950
Class Size: 8
The idea of letterpressing content for your artist book can be overwhelming–the decisions are endless and the stakes are high. This project oriented course is designed to help you tackle all the details with confidence.
Following Valerie Carrigan’s Book Structures workshop, this letterpress workshop will work in tandem to those structures or create new ones. You will learn letterpress printing options to bring your ideas into printed, editioned form. We will learn basic photopolymer processes for printing halftones, graphic images, and text. We will explore pressure printing and traditional handset type to give you a small repertoire for creating artist books. The objective is to give you a better understanding of how to convert images into letterpress books and have a good amount of press time to make your pages. We will have guest book artists throughout the week present work and offer tips and advice on book making. Some basic computer skills for using Photoshop to make negatives is helpful, but not necessary. All levels of skills are welcome.
Instructor: Richard Reitz Smith
Richard Reitz Smith is a letterpress and book artist who excels in marrying traditional techniques with technology. He co-owns co-owner of the Letterpress Studio at Steel House Collaborative and runs Design & Smith Creative Ventures in Camden, ME. In 2015, Richard was the the first Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media where he wrote, illustrated, printed and bound a limited-edition abecedary of alliterative haiku.