Friday, December 13, 2013

Letterpress Gig Poster Workshop

The Southeast Guild of Bookworkers is pleased to announce the following workshop in Atlanta:

The Letterpress Gig Poster Workshop
Instructor: Jessica Peterson
Location: Atlanta Printmakers Studio
Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19, 2014
Time: 10:00-4:00 pm

Back in 1830, before Facebook, computers and inkjet printers, one of the only ways to announce a public event was through a letterpress printed broadside (more popularly known today as a gig poster). In this workshop, each participant will design and print an editioned poster announcing an event of their choice. Learn the basics of designing typography with wood and metal type, and how to harness design factors specific to letterpress including transparency, metallic inks, and the layering of text, image and texture. Then, learn how to expertly print handset type using Vandercook printing presses, mightiest of all cylinder presses. The class will also explore the visual history of the broadside/gig-poster over the last 150 years. This workshop is brought to you via a collaboration between Atlanta Printmakers Studio and the Southeast Guild of Bookworkers. The member discount is available to members of either organization.

Jessica Peterson is a letterpress printer and teacher. Her award-winning artists’ books are collected by special collections libraries around the country, including at Yale University, Emory University, Duke University and UCLA. She is the proprietor of The Southern Letterpress, a printshop in Northport Alabama and is an instructor of book arts and let­ter­press at The Uni­ver­sity of Alabama. Her creative work has been recognized by The Windgate Foundation and The College Book Art Association. She is the recipient of the 2014 individual artists grant from the Alabama State Council of the Arts and is a featured demonstrating artist at the 2013 Kentuck Festival of the Arts.

To register for this class or for any questions, please contact Suzanne Sawyer: