Letterpress Workshop: Gothic (& Globe)

Saturday Mar. 18, 2017 9am-5pm

Familiar Faces & Extended Families
5 letterpress workshops sponsored by Hoefler & Co.

Join us for a daylong printing workshop where we will focus on one particular type style. In this workshop we will delve into Gothic styles. Gothic wood type is a sans-serif type style that was one of the major display types used for posters and newspaper headlines. We will look at the history, use and design of Gothic styles, before a full day of printing broadsides and posters. To explore the range of how Gothic styles were used in a variety of places, pieces from the Globe Collection at the museum will also be available during this workshop. The Globe Printing Company of Chicago was once among the leading makers of posters for circuses, attractions and general merchandising. This collection is now a permanent part of the Hamilton museum. Fonts and printing blocks that are not commonly available to workshop participants will be available in this workshop. Museum staff will teach this fun and informative workshop.

The workshop runs from 9 am until 5 pm. The day starts off with a 45-minute tour of the museum and instruction on how to use a sign press. The majority of the workshop consists of printing with wood type from a large collection available in the pressroom at the museum. Clean up begins at 4pm and the day finishes up at 5 pm. Lunch is on your own, and there are many restaurants nearby or you can pack your own and eat here at the museum. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them.

The cost is $125 per person with the museum providing ink and 25 sheets of 100 lb. white cover stock at 12 x 18 inches. 25 sheets of paper is a wonderful number to allow each participant to further their knowledge in letterpress printing and to explore the art form. The workshops are not meant for producing resale work. Feel free to bring paper of a different size, stock, or color. However, keep in mind that hand made paper is not allowed as it may damage the type.

Space is limited, so reservations and a $65 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $60 to fulfill the full cost of $125 of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop. We accept cash, credit card or check. Because of the nature of the pressroom and the pieces being used participants in the workshop must be 18 years or older. Previous letterpress printing experience helpful but not required. Please fill out the registration form below to reserve your place in the workshop. If you have any questions please e-mail us at info@woodtype.org or call 920.794.6272.

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