Learn the art of letterpress with legendary Vandercook Press expert and teacher Paul Moxon.

Jul 15, 2024 - Jul 19, 2024

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced,
Workshop Fee: $1095
Workshop Duration: 1-week (Monday-Friday)
Workshop Location: On-campus
Class Size: 8

Letterpress handset types

This class is about letterpress minutiae on the Vandercook proof press. It’ll begin by examining the condition and operation of the presses because maintenance is make-ready. Then we’ll explore the print shop’s treasure of types, ornaments, inks, and papers. We’ll discuss your ideas and their feasibility, using traditional composition methods.

Paul Moxon working on a letterpress
Instructor Paul Moxon has taught students in more than 60 Book Arts centers and universities how to use the Vandercook press and is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources.

We’ll also consider some alternative techniques as well. Some options to explore are Collagraphic and Sandragraphs plates, photopolymer plates (purchased separately), and a few others.  Ultimately, you’ll learn to control inking, impression, and registration.

Letterpress type sets of various patterns

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Instructor: Paul Moxon

Paul Moxon is a studio letterpress printer, book designer, and independent educator (MFA, MLIS Alabama). He has lectured at over sixty book arts centers and universities in the U.S. and Canada and is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources.