In this beginner’s course on letterpress printing, students will learn the basics of hand typesetting, printing on the Center’s Vandercooks, and the process of editioning. We will cover the essentials of good presswork including inking and impression, then we will move on to discuss typefaces, paper and the essentials of printing hand-set type. This class is ideal for those who wish to learn to print simple, text-based projects on the Vandercook, such as business cards, thank you/holiday cards, or poetry/prose. All materials are included, and no experience is required.
About the Instructor:
Sarah Nicholls is a visual artist who makes pictures with language, books with pictures, prints with type, and animations with words. She combines image, visual narrative, and time in prints, books, and ephemera that are often research-based. She is interested in urbanization, local history, climate change, the history of science and technology, alternative economies, found language, and the history of publishing. Sarah publishes a series of informational pamphlets and has printed a field guide to extinct birds. Her most recent book is an examination of the history of greenhouses. Sarah's limited edition artist books are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. For twelve years, Sarah ran the studio programs at the Center, organizing classes, public programs, readings, and talks, coordinating publications, running residency programs, and teaching interns.