Learn how to create a letterpress broadside - a sheet of paper printed on one side used historically in Europe.
Using poetry or prose of your choosing, you will learn to set and space lead type, ornaments, and/or cuts to reproduce and illuminate your chosen words. With type set, we'll go over how to use the Challenge cylinder press, which is ideal for high-precision printing, as well as refinements to the type form. Once we've finished, you will trade prints so everyone goes home with an assortment of the class's work!
This course covers all material necessary for letterpress certification on typesetting and using the Challenge Press. With a little practice in open studio after this course, you should be ready to take the certification test and demonstrate your capabilities to safely and effectively run a press unsupervised.