For all you DIY sorts and print-curious out there, I’ll be teaching a Beginning Letterpress class through PNCA Continuing Education this term. We’ll be learning (or perfecting) typesetting and printing skills, focused on creating your very own business cards or other identity materials using the school’s Vandercook proof presses and well stocked print shop. I promise to provide as much technical info as you are interested in! The 8 week class is a great opportunity to learn at a reasonable price. The first session is this coming Thursday, October 2nd from 6:30-9:30pm, and there is still room for a couple more students. Read more about the class and sign up here.
Well, the American Typecasting Fellowship Conference is over and we are back home and back at work. This year’s host was Frank Romano and the Museum of Printing in N. Andover, Mass. and the schedule was loaded with great presentations and plenty of social time to swap stories, gain insight, and also to eat. On day two, keepsakes were exchanged, and the requisite swap meet and auction were held. We are still looking though all the amazing work from people who attended, type beautifully cast and printed for the exchange. Mr. Romano opened up his personal library for a day of presentations, and Sunday saw many attendees at the open house at Firefly Press in Boston, wrenching on the Thompson or poking around the excess casting parts.Thanks to Frank for all the hospitality, and to the other attendees from around the world who shared in the fellowship. There’s nothing like shutting down the hotel bar with a gaggle of other printers still chatting enthusiastically away about how to make the Monotype composition caster run more smoothly, or celebrating the charm of a certain Linotype face. Cheers!