Hamilton at Home Workshop: Mary Bruno - Reduction Printing 101

Saturday, June 5 1:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Attendees in this two-hour virtual workshop with Mary Bruno of Bruno Press will learn how to prepare artwork, transfer the artwork to linoleum and the proper use of carving tools. Once the workshop is over Mary will send you a print that she created during the workshop!

Hippocrates, of medical oath fame, was also the first to say, ars longa, vita brevis — “art is long, life is short.” Occasionally, those tables are turned and it’s the life that’s long and the art that’s short. That’s the case with reduction linoleum prints. As you work on them, you’re actually destroying the source, so when your print is finished, it is truly finished, never to be printed again. If you can wrap your head around that, then your heart, hands, and eyes will savor this workshop.


Date & Time:
Saturday, June 5, 2021, 1:00pm – 3:00pm CDT

Online via Zoom

Workshop Cost:
$100 Total

Topics Covered:

  • The history and tradition of reduction linoleum printing
  • Examples of successful reduction linoleum printed pieces
  • Selecting the right carving tools
  • Overprinting inks to create multiple-colors
  • Happy accidents and improvisation while carving and registering multiple colors

Materials List/Tools:
This workshop consists of demonstrations and interactive Q&A, with no advance preparation or supplies necessary to participate.

Experience Level:
This workshop is for any designer or printer who is interested in creating unique hand-carved illustrations. This style of printmaking is doable whether you have access to a printing press or not. No previous experience necessary.

What You’ll Need:
We recommend joining on a laptop, large tablet, or desktop computer with a microphone. You will receive step-by-step instructions for downloading Zoom.

Mary Bruno is letterpress printer in St. Joseph, Minnesota, where she runs Bruno Press, a print shop started by her father, design professor, Don Bruno. As you might expect, Mary’s love for printing and skill for the craft came from her father, whose memory she honors every time she carves linoleum, handsets wood or lead type, or prints a broadside. Mary produces an irreverent line of greeting cards that are sold nationally, and she has also been involved in organizing traveling exhibitions of letterpress.

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