Posts Categorized: Other

Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type (October 2017)

Explore the wide world of independent publishing through this hands-on workshop that brings together writing, letterpress printing, and bookbinding.

Working with the unique aesthetics of letterpress printing, as well as the constraints of this art form, students will be exposed to new ways to think about writing. As both a writing workshop as well as small press incubator, this session is especially useful for writers and poets who want to enhance their hand skills or are considering various approaches to distributing their writing.

Taking advantage of the tools and resources available at Spudnik Press, students will learn about metal type, typesetting, composition, paper handling, and simple binding structures. By the end of the day, students will have created from start-to-finish a collaborative chapbook and will have a solid understanding of the tasks involved in printing. Visual arts experience is not required.

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.

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.

Risography 101 (Oct 2017)

A Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like photocopies. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky.

This workshop will walk students through the fundamentals of Risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting (Nov 2017)

Screenprinting is one of many processes at Spudnik Press that can be used to print your own set of greeting cards. This is a quick and fun introduction to printing on paper allows students to dabble with a new process while making personalized cards for their friends and family.

Students will bring to the workshop their own one-color digital or hand-drawn designs. Not a design expert? No problem! Any bold black and white image will work, and students will be able to finesse their design after learning the strengths and limitations of the process. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies.

Throughout the workshop, they will use a darkroom to expose their design to a screen, mix their own ink color, and most importantly, print, print, and print. Students will walk away with a set of 20 handmade greeting cards for friends, family and coworkers.

Basic white 5×7” flat cards are available for students who do not bring their own cards.

Community Workshop: Riso on the Run: How to Quickly Print and Bind Your Own Getaway Planner

Riso on the Run invites our community to make their own personal planner while dabbling in design, printmaking, bookbinding, and finishing.

Step One: Design: Regardless if you are inspired by the trending bullet planner, prefer a page-a-day format, or want to keep it simple with a to-do list and spot for appointments, you can create your very own custom pages designed just how you want!

Step Two: Duplicate: After finalizing a black and white template for your planner pages, you’ll witness the wonders of the risograph machine! This automated duplicator from Japan looks like a photocopier but uses special drums of ink to produce lush prints in a variety of colors.

Step Three: Perfect Binding: After printing a stack of pages, learn how to turn them into a bound book. Perfect binding uses simple materials and PVA glue to adhere loose sheets of paper into a finished book.

Step Four: Trim: The final step of creating a professional-looking book is to use a guillotine to trim the book to its final dimensions.

Step Five: Start Planning!

With donation-base tuition to accommodate even the most modest budget, all are welcome to come dabble with a new skill, including educators looking for new ideas, first-time artists, professionals, and everyone in between.

DIY Greeting Cards: Calligraphy (Nov 2017)

After taking a calligraphy workshop, you’ll never look at a letter the same again! Designer and calligrapher, Grace Calderone is stopping by Spudnik Press to help first-time calligraphers make their own set of cards for the holidays.

The workshop will take a close look of the composition of letters, and how letters connect to other letters to form words and phrases. Students will get used to assembling the nib and holder, controlling the pen’s reservoir of ink, and varying line width with pressure. After practicing the basics, students will experiment with their own phrase, playing with how composition and ornamental flourishes can spice up the design, create playfulness, or emphasize the spirit of the card.

Everyone should come to class with a set of blank cards ready and a holiday sentiment like “Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas”, “Wishing You Love & Light on Hanakkah”. While students can expect to complete about 5 successful cards, they should bring along a pack of 10-15 to allow for mishaps and experimentation. Students with extra time can move on to customize envelopes with flourishes or a return address.

Everyone will go home with their own cards and a printed guide to help them keep practicing on their own.

Letterpress Refresher (Nov 2017)

With a focus on printing, this refresher workshop will review setting up the presses, ink mixing and application, adjusting pressure, proper packing, registration and all-around best practices. Students will improve their mechanical understanding of the press and how wear and tear can be reduced through actively listening to the press, using a keen eye to spot and identify issues, and taking notice when the press doesn’t quite feel right.

We welcome printers that are 1) feeling out-of-practice, 2) are new to Spudnik’s letterpress facilities, or 3) would like support working through a particularly complex project or reoccurring printing issue. Through this workshop, students will not only brush up on old skills and have the opportunity to become authorized to print at Spudnik, but are sure to walk away with new morsels of useful information regarding the art of letterpress printing.

Plus, to help ease each participant back into printmaking, students are invited to return within the week (free of charge!) to put their refreshed knowledge to use.

T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (Nov 2017)

Convert your own drawing or design to a collection of hand-printed wearable items in this energetic and informative one-day workshop. Printing an assortment of t-shirts or totebags is practical, fun and incredibly gratifying!

Students will bring to the workshops with a bold black and white drawing, a high-contrast photo, or a digital design. While .AI or .PSD files are great, we welcome students to bring anything from text typed in Microsoft Word to photocopies. After students refine the artwork (as needed) to be “print-ready”, student will use a pre-coated photographic screen and mix their own custom ink color. Everyone should bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are fabric and flat, we can help you print on it! Shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, and thrift store jean jackets will all work great. Leave with a sample for an Etsy store, a surprise gift for a friend, or an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags!

Risography 101 (Nov 2017)

A Risograph is an automated duplicator from Japan that efficiently produces offset-like photocopies. Though not originally intended for artistic application, the machine has recently gained traction (and notoriety) in small-press culture for its distinct footprint and efficiently as well as being rather finicky.

This workshop will walk students through the fundamentals of Risograph printing for making books and fine art prints, and familiarize students with techniques to best reproduce their imagery. Students will become acquainted with the mechanics of the printer and learn basic maintenance, including how to change the master roll and a drum’s ink tube. Lastly, students will learn how to best design for the Risograph, taking into consideration ink drying time, ink density, paper options, registration, and patience. Everyone will leave with a three-color collaborative print produced throughout the workshop and authorization to continue making Risograph prints at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2017)

Print your own greeting cards using Spudnik Press’ traditional printing presses. The tactile quality of ink pressed into paper will surely leave an impression on the lucky recipients of your handmade cards!

Students will each set their own short saying or phrase using metal and wood type. They’ll combine it with vintage relief blocks featuring festive illustrations. This workshop combines an overview of letterpress printing and history with hands-on art making, and it is a great way to try out a new craft. Students are encouraged to bring 20 blank notecards of any size and color. Each student will lock up their type and get to operate a printing press to produce their own design. Plus, students can trade with peers to take home a variety pack of cards.

DIY Bookbinding: Hardbacked Journal (Dec 2017)

Case binding is the most common style of hardback book with the covers and the spine both constructed from book board. This resilient binding can hold up to the daily wear and tear that journals and sketchbooks are subject to. Students will create signatures from loose sheets of paper, sew the signatures together to create a text block, attach end papers, and line the spine with glue and paper to reinforce the space.

To design and construct the case, students will learn how to properly measure their text block to find the proper measurements for the spine, covers, and hinges. Using these measurements, they will cut and glue together book boards, book cloth, and decorative paper.

Finally the two parts (cover and text block) come together as a functional book that can open and close! Students will gain experience using bone folders, PVA and methylcellulose and glue brushes. Students will also become more familiar with how paper grain and paper weight affect the construction of a book.

First-time bookbinders are welcome to join, but should be ready to pay attention to subtle details and precise measurements. This binding style requires accuracy and a gentle touch when gluing for the book to open and close properly. Spudnik Press Cooperative will supply black book cloth for the spine. Students are encouraged to bring their own lightweight paper for the front and back covers of the book, and are welcome to bring their own book cloth in any color they like.