Improve the technical quality of your presswork!

Date: Aug 26-Sep. 1, 2018
Levels: 2,3
Workshop Fee: $1195
Class Size: 8

Image Credit: Paul Moxon

Everyone who’s tried letterpress knows how downright frustrating it can be–you’ve gotten everything ready and you’re so excited to get into production mode, but your test prints keep coming out with tiny imperfections. Once you fix one, another appears…..

This workshop will help take the guesswork out of troubleshooting. Delve into the minutiae of make-ready, imposition, lockup, and the adjustment of form rollers to obtain proper inking and impression. A Vandercook expert, Paul Moxon will will cover how to tweak current problems on the press and to gain mastery of press skills with a focus on production printing. Other topics include choosing paper and inks, using photopolymer plates and minor press maintenance, all resulting in better quality press work, better understanding of equipment and materials, better ability to troubleshoot, and an all around productive time spent among quality people. Bravely bring examples of your worst printing to be critiqued in class as well as any photopolymer plates or paper you would like to try; otherwise all materials will be provided. A great class for those considering starting their own shop.

Past student work made in Paul Moxon’s class. From left: Karin Spitfire, Isobel Lewisx

Header image credit  © Paul Moxon

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Instructor: Paul Moxon

Paul Moxon (MFA, MLIS Alabama) is a studio letterpress printer and independent educator. He has taught at over fifty book arts centers and universities through the U.S. and Canada. He is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources and moderates He is the website editor for the American Printing History Association and has also held fellowships at Rare Book School and the Newberry Library. Paul's letterpress work can be found in several public collections and at