Session II: Jessica Spring

The Daredevil is in the Details: Mastering Letterpress Composition

Jessica Spring   June 11-15, 2018

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The Daredevil is in the Details: Mastering Letterpress Composition
Armed with composing sticks and line gauges, we will delve into the
finer points—and picas—of typesetting and composition, kerning and
letterspacing, and multiple color registration. Students will start small
by creating ephemera on a scale where detailed work really sings. We’ll
experiment with Daredevil Furniture—lasercut furniture designed
at Springtide Press—to set metal and wood type and ornaments in
circles, curves and angles for printing on platen or cylinder presses.
Historic methods and tricks of the trade will be covered, as well as effective
makeready, ink mixing and additives, and strategies for edition
printing. Students will complete the class by creating editioned prints
to exchange, plus take a field trip to see typecasting in action at M&H
Foundry in San Francisco. This workshop is appropriate for those with
some letterpress printing experience who want to build on their skills.

Jessica Spring learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress
printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help
other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide
Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections
around the country and abroad. She collaborates on the Dead Feminists
broadside series and is co-author of Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines
in Living Color. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago and
teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. www.springtidepress.com

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