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  • The Making of a Chapbook Two-Day Workshop, March 23 & 30

    Please join us for “The Making of a Chapbook”, a two-day workshop on consecutive Saturdays, March 23rd & 30th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    On Day 1, participants will design, set up and print a sheet containing four pages of short poems or sayings using hot metal type cast on the Ludlow and printing cuts from the Museum’s collection, if desired. On Day 2, the pages will be folded and collated, then sewn into a chapbook using a furnished cover. All materials will be provided. Each student will make five to six copies of their chapbook.

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  • Calendar 2019

    MARCH

    March 2
    Hot Metal Day on the Linotype
    March 9 & 16
    Workshop – Linoleum Block Carving and Printing (2 Day)
    March 23 & 30
    Workshop – The Making of a Chapbook (2 Day)

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  • Museum of Printing Workshops in 2019

    The Making of a Chapbook

    Saturdays, March 23rd & 30th (2-Day), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    On Day 1, participants will design, set up and print a sheet containing four pages of short poems or sayings using hot metal type cast on the Ludlow and printing cuts, if desired, from the Museum’s collection. On Day 2, the pages will be folded and collated, then sewn into a chapbook using a furnished cover. All materials will be provided. Each participant will make five to six copies of their book. Prerequisite: Basic Letterpress Printing or similar.

    Instructors: Billy Soucy & Craig Busteed  |  Fee: Members $145, Non-Members $175

    6 student class  |  Register now >

    Poster Printing with Wood Type

    Saturdays, April 27th & May 4th (2-Day), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Over the two-day course, participants will design and compose a two-color poster utilizing the Museum’s wood and metal type and printing cuts. After proofing and correcting forms as necessary, students will print a half-dozen of their posters on one of the Museum’s letterpresses. Prerequisite: Basic Letterpress Printing or similar.

    Instructor: Craig Busteed & Billy Soucy  |  Fee: Members $145, Non-Members $175

    6 student class  |  Register now >

    Letterpress Printing on Fabric

    Saturday, June 22nd, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    This one-day workshop covers a broad range of materials and techniques for letterpress printing on fabric. Varieties and behaviors of inks will be discussed, along with various impression techniques: the barren, the hammer, body-weight, roller press, sleigh press, hand press and others. Working in color and registration will also be reviewed. Students will print their own work on flour-sack towels (provided). Any participants who practice linoleum block cutting are urged to bring some of their designs for printing.

    Instructor: Mitch Ahern  |  Fee: Members $105, Non-Members $125

    8 student class  |  Register now >

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  • Northeastern’s Huskiana Press

    One of the cool things we do at the Museum of Printing is set up letterpress studios for colleges and universities.

    On January 19 we delivered a beautiful Golding Pearl #14 along with a truckload of essentials to Northeastern University in Boston. More specifically, it’s all going to the new Huskiana Press in the English Department under the guidance of Associate Professor Ryan Cordell.

    Golding Pearl #14

    Here’s a video of their setup >

    Another letterpress adventure begins. . . .

  • Letterpress gifts large and small in our gift shop abound!

    Letterpress gifts large and small, we’ve got ’em!

    desktop presses

    • Tabletop presses
    • Books
    • Type & handy boxes
    • Borders & ornaments
    • Cuts, quoins, furniture, tools

    How about the whole kit-and-caboodle? We can put together a printing kit for you — everything that you or a special someone needs to start printing.

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  • The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers

    If you follow the Museum of Printing on social media, then you know we’re smitten with The Inland Printer, the first American trade magazine for the printing industry dating back to 1883. So smitten, in fact, that we have compiled a 274 page book of some of our favorite covers!

    Just back from the binders (thank you Superior Packaging!), the publication is titled The Inland Printer: A Selection of Historic Covers, with an introduction by Museum President and Professor Emeritus, Frank Romano. All covers are pictured in full color and arranged chronologically. The softcover book measures 5½″ × 8½″.

    Featured are many important artists and designers who contributed to the magazine, including early creations by young American illustrator and artist William H. Bradley, whose work marked the beginnings of Art Nouveau in graphic design.

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  • Mimeograph Machines

    In the days before inkjet printers and Xerox machines, multiple copies were made on mimeograph machines.

    mimeograph machines

    In 1876, Thomas Edison filed the first US patent for autographic printing by means of a duplicating press with an electric pen for cutting stencils. A subsequent patent followed, and then Chicago inventor and businessman, Albert Blake Dick, took it to the next level. He merged his efforts with Edison’s, improved the stencils and licensed the patents. In 1887, the A. B. Dick Company released the Model “0” flatbed duplicator selling for $12 ($284 today). Dick named the machine the Edison Mimeograph and it was an immediate success. The company went on to become the world’s largest manufacturer of mimeograph equipment.

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  • Awesome wood type

    This font, beautiful in its size, color and simplicity, is on display in our art gallery. The Museum is fortunate to hold an extensive wood type collection that has been acquired over many years, including several sizable and relatively recent donations of significance. Stay tuned for future posts. . . .

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  • The Beautiful Work of Mark T. Fowler

    Come on, spring! These two relief prints by artist Mark T. Fowler (1928–2006) evoke the bright greens of spring and the strong winds of March. The colorful ‘Morning Light,’ 1993, is a multiple-block linocut print. ‘Pinus Strobus,’ 1984, is a linocut print as well. A book designer by profession, Mark Fowler never sought to promote or commercialize his art, instead sharing it only with close friends and family, creating just one piece a year for nearly five decades. An extensive collection of his work is on permanent display in our art gallery and you’ll find fine quality digital reproduction cards and prints in the gift shop. Stop by any Saturday, we’d love to see you!

    Mark Fowler print

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Mass. Cultural CouncilPrograms are supported in part by grants from the Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Merrimac, Topsfield and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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