Letterpress Printing Workshop

November 8, 2019 4pm - 5:30pm

Join us for a hands-on design experience of Letterpress Printing on the Vandercook press. Create your own ADW print!

  • Austin Book Arts Center
  • 5501 N. Lamar Blvd, Ste 125
  • Austin, TX, 78751

Letterpress Printing Workshop

We’re calling designers and creators of all backgrounds to take a break from the screen for a hands-on design experience of Letterpress Printing. Since the 15th century, the technique of Letterpress Printing has majorly influenced the principles of design. Connect with rich design history in a tactile, fun printing workshop.

This class introduces the process, materials, machines, and the addictive satisfaction of printing by hand on a Vandercook press. In this introductory workshop, students will learn the basics of letterpress printing using either wood & metal type and plates.

Attendees will print a small edition either individually or collaboratively, using the Vandercook proof presses. Students can expect to complete a small edition of a custom print.

Speakers / Facilitators

  • Kevin Auer, Printer and Book Binder, Austin Book Arts Center
  • Auer began his craft as an apprentice letterpress printer and bookbinder and has worked in the book arts for more than 25 years. He was the co-founder of Wolfe Editions, a commercial print shop in Portland, Maine, specializing in limited edition print work. He has worked as a conservator of medieval manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and rare books at the Harry Ransom Center, and currently teaches studio classes with a focus on book structures and print media. Auer held previous positions at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The University of Houston, Victoria.

Auer holds a B.A. in Asian Studies from Connecticut College. He earned his master’s degree in US History from The University of Texas at Austin. He additionally holds a Certificate in Book and Paper Conservation from The University of Texas.

  • 5501 N. Lamar Blvd, Ste 125 Austin, TX, 78751
  • DAY
  • Friday, November 8th
  • TIME
  • 4:00-5:30 PM
  • Yes
  • Kelsey Hayenga

  • Anyone who is a novice at letterpress printing. This will be an introductory workshop intended for people’s first time on the printing press.
  • Free

5501 N. Lamar Blvd, Ste 125
Austin, TX 78751