Kathleen Walkup June 5-9, 2017
In this workshop we’ll combine art and scholarship, using chance operations (Mallarmé’s ‘roll of the dice’) and other conceptual practices to create a suite of broadsides in the letterpress studio. For inspiration we’ll look at seminal works in the avant garde such as Mayakovsky’s For the Voice and work from Fluxus in Mills’ Special Collections and at San Francisco’s Letterform Archive. We’ll use text generators to cast type at Prototype Press, then print from it. We’ll explore cut-ups, mesostics and other aleatory literary and sound techniques and apply these in a variety of experimental printing processes using type, photography and plates. Type and letterpress experience helpful.
Kathleen Walkup has been a letterpress printer since the 1970s. She and her press partner were the first women to open a letterpress job shop in San Francisco since the late nineteenth century. Her research interests include women in print culture and conceptual practice in artists’ books. Her work is in collections such as the New York Public Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum and Walker Art Center. Kathy is the 2016-17 Trefethen Professor of Book Art at Mills College.
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