Miraculous Ornamental Achievements with Jen Farrell in the Silver Buckle Press
Metal type for letterpress printing is undoubtedly one of the most detailed and exquisite examples of craftsmanship. At it’s absolute detailed height in the late 1800s, printers were presented with incredible options for creating everything from simple flower embellishments to elaborate systems of illustrations built with ornament. What can we learn from looking at these designs, how they survived (or didn’t) and their role in design and print vernacular over the century to follow? In this workshop, we’ll examine the quirks of old ornaments, how to keep them vital and allow them to influence and inform modern design practices. Working with the incredible Silver Buckle Press collection, participants will set and print a keepsake to share with each other. These topics will also be addressed throughout the day:
· Study specimen books that show the type/ornament at its zenith
· Start to ‘see’ how ornament can be used to accent or illustrate
· Look at good practices for printing metal type
· Examine ornament for visual positive/negative space, usefulness and condition
· Develop a visual hierarchy for creating a small card/print
· Tips and tricks for getting the best out of old metal type
Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe. Work can be viewed at www.starshaped.com.
The workshop runs from 9am until 5pm. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them. The cost is $145 per person with the museum providing all the materials you need. If you would like to bring your own carving tools you can.
Space is limited, so registration and a $65 non-refundable deposit is required. The $80 balance is due at the beginning of the workshop. Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted. Because of the nature of the pressroom and the pieces being used participants in the workshop must be 18 years or older. Please fill out the registration form below to reserve your place in the workshop. If you have any questions please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-794-6272.