NEW DIRECTIONS IN LETTERPRESS WORKSHOP
September 5 | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
with Chris Fritton, The Itinerant Printer:
Letterpress printing is often restricted to the grid, offering opportunities only in the X and Y axes, but it is possible to break those boundaries and create prints that defy categorization. Students will learn how to use the press in novel, unintended ways that produce more expressionistic results. In 3 hours, attendees will create a series of one-of-a-kind inkwipes that can be used as backgrounds for other typographical experiments, or left as-is. Come learn how to paint with the press!
Participants will leave with 3-5 prints each.
Materials Included in Registration Fee
Only 10 spots available!
In conjunction with the City of Irvine’s Great Park Galleries special exhibit
About The Instructor:
Chris Fritton is the former Studio Director of the Western New York Book Arts Center. A poet, printer, and fine artist, Fritton has over a decade of experience writing, printing, and making his own books, in addition to collaborative efforts with other authors and artists. Recently (2014) he was selected as a panelist to judge the New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Drawing, Printmaking, and Book Arts. He co-founded the highly-acclaimed Buffalo Small Press Book Fair with Kevin Thurston in 2007, and organized the fair solo from 2009-2016 (the Fair wrapped up in its 10th year). Currently Fritton is working on a brand new project called The Itinerant Printer, where he’s visited over 160 letterpress print shops throughout North America in four years, covering over 65,000 miles and making over 20,000 prints on the road. He recently culminated the journey in an over-sized coffee table book featuring all the places, prints, and people from along the way.