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The 11th Annual Los Angeles Printers Fair
A Celebration of Letterpress, Book Arts & Paper

Saturday & Sunday October 19 & 20
10 am to 4 pm

The Los Angeles Printers Fair at The International Printing Museum in Carson, CA celebrates a decade of bringing the best of letterpress, book arts, and the paper arts to the LA area. With the backdrop of the world’s largest collection of working antique presses, the LA Printers Fair annually brings together 80 artistic vendors and 1,700 visitors to experience the creative worlds of handmade books and beautiful printing.

Exhibitors include many of the greatest letterpress and printmaking artists in the Southwest and beyond, offering custom posters, printings, hand-printed cards, memorabilia, hand-made paper, and antiquarian books for sale. Throughout the Museum’s galleries visitors can print their own keepsakes on antique presses, have their name cast in printer’s type, make paper by hand, or even screen print their own shirt! All proceeds from the fair go to The International Printing Museum, a non-profit institution dedicated to the heritage, preservation, and advancement of the printing arts.

printmuseum.org/fair

$10 per person
$5 for 12 and under

The International Printing Museum
315 W Torrance Blvd,
Carson, CA 90745
tel: 310-515-7166

Digital Printers Fair Images: printmuseum.org/fairphotos

All inquiries: staff@printmuseum.org

FEATURED ARTIST at this year’s Printers Fair will be artist Jessica Spring. of SPRINGTIDE PRESS in Tacoma, WA.

Since her beginnings in the famed Printers Row in Chicago in 1989, Jessica has established a national reputation as an innovative creative force in letterpress printing. Using vintage metal and wood type with antique borders and images, and printed on presses over 100 years old, Jessica’s portfolio is full of color and energy. Ranging from artist’s books, broadsides and ephemera, Jessica’s work can be found in collections and institutions around the country. Her most recent collaborative project with illustrator Chandler O’Leary is THE DEAD FEMINISTS: Historic Heroines in Living Color. This limited-edition letterpress broadside series and book features quotes by 28 historical feminists, tied to current political and social issues, each printed from hand-drawn letters and type. Jessica Spring will be exhibiting her broadsides and books during the LA Printers Fair as well as giving an Artist’s Lecture for the public on Saturday evening, October 19th.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: INSIDE HOLLYWOOD: THE EARL HAYS PRESS COLLECTION

Featuring the newly-acquired rare type and printing blocks from Earl Hays Press in Sunland, the leading producer of “fakes” and “inserts” for Hollywood film and television shows for 100 years. Everything from the old newspapers seen in every Western movie or in The Godfather movies, to Astronaut Jack Nicolson on a fake Time Magazine cover, even the printing plates used to make the police decals on Beverly Hills 90210; all of these are the creative work of the iconic Hollywood printing shop known as Earl Hays Press. Over the years, the Printing Museum has worked with Earl Hays Press renting the actual working antique presses used in the films while EHP created the inserts. Now this historic visual archive of Earl Hays Press, synonymous with Hollywood and Los Angeles, will be housed and on view for the public at the Museum.


The LA Printers Fair is an event and celebration that will leave visitors both impressed and inspired about the creative worlds of paper and printing. The Printers Fair is from 10–5 pm, Saturday, October 14th. Admission is $10 per person and $5 for children under 12. The Printing Museum is located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA. For information and tickets: www.printmuseum.org/fair

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