Posts Categorized: Tuesday

Bookbinding (Oct 2017)

Bookbinding is an art form that combines fine craftsmanship with a basic set of techniques, tools and materials. Once foundational skills are mastered, bookbinders can add creativity, content, and design to create unlimited variations of handmade books. In this class, students will create their own books from scratch, and will even be able to design their own paste paper covers and endpapers! Students will learn pamphlet, “perfect”, coptic, and stab bindings, as well as modifications of these traditional binding styles.

Projects will focus on creativity, design, and craftsmanship with the goal that students are able to experiment with variations and incorporating content within the book through writing, simple printing tricks, and customizing paper for covers, inserts, or end-paper. Students will leave with a small library of hand-bound books to fill or use as templates to make even more books.

Screenprinting Explorations (Oct 2017)

Most people are fans of screenprinting whether they know it or not. Screenprinting is an art form known for its bold graphics and versatility. A close cousin of stenciling, screenprinting is easy to learn, yet hard to master. Our eight-week class provides adequate time for new printers to complete a range of projects on paper and fabric, gradually increasing in complexity and nuance. With the ongoing support of a pro to help trouble-shoot along the way, students will be familiar with dark room exposure, mesh count, screen tension, ink consistency, and registration.

In addition to developing A+ printing skills, this class will help students develop their imagery, be it hand-drawn illustration or digital files, to successfully translate to print. By the end of the class, students will know their way around the print shop, and be well equipped to continue printing independently at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Letterpress II: Polymer

This class will allow students to continue to build broad letterpress printing skills while added polymer platemaking to their repertoire. Polymer plates allow artists to print illustrations, digital type, and even photographs, and if desired, can be combined with traditional typesetting. The class will cover all aspects of printing with polymer plates, including design, pre-press, printing films in-house with our Epson 4800 printer, hand developing plates, and printing. This class will also investigate multi-color registration, double-sided printing, basic press maintenance and other skills that arise based on each student’s projects. Students will graduate from the class having versatile knowledge of letterpress printing, and the ability to seamlessly move between lead and polymer printing.