OCTOBER 5th - 7th, 2023

The Empire State Rare Book+Print Fair

at St. Bart's :: Park Avenue & 50th - 51st Streets,  New York City
(it even has a page from the Gutenberg Bible)

Preview Night::Thursday, October 5th  4:30 – 8:30 pm
wine, live music, canapes 
Tickets: $125

Friday, October 6th: 11 am – 6 pm 
Tickets: 15, students $10

Saturday October 7th: 11am– 5 pm 
Tickets: 15, students $10
Admission FREE  3–5 pm.  

Artist Books for Printmakers

Esther K Smith:: Manhattan Graphics Center
Oct 9 - Nov 6 Mondays 6:30-9:30 pm :: 5 sessions
class limited to 6 students Register NOW
Make 5+ artist books from start to finish. Make quick models and then develop them into books. Reuse your prints! Make one-of-a-kind books, collaborative group books—and limited editions—as well as sketchbooks, albums, etc. Each session will focus on a different structure, building skills as the class progresses. Accordion and other folded structures—including flag books—simple pop-ups, stab stitch & flip books, single signature stitching and multisignature books.Guest artists, discussions about selling work—and how artist books can help interest curators in collecting your other works.

Center for Book Arts Class

Type on the Streets - Dikko Faust  :: Saturday, Oct 28 :: 12noon–3pm
Type on the Streets: Architectural and Vernacular Signage in New York City 
Register here

Enjoy a unique New York City WALKING TOUR highlighting 19th & 20th-century architectural typography on apartment buildings, manhole & vault covers, paint-on-brick advertising signs, and more. Make your own rubbings of found typography.  

EK Smith Museum has been publishing Risograph books--

Susan Happersett+ EK Smith Museum : FlutterFly  

see Purgatory Pie Press artist books & limited editions at 

The Gallery

::on the shop Mezzanine off The Great Hall::

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


This exhibit was two years ago--BUT you can still see the virtual exhibit here!

Upper: Susan Happersett, Dikko Faust
Lower: Dikko Faust: Hardware Moiré Accordions, Elizabeth Duffy: Enclosure Exposure

Brooklyn Book Festival

Saturday September 30 Children’s Day

Makers and Creators Area, Brooklyn Commons

Fold, Cut & Pop! Make a Book!

How to Make Books and Making Books with Kids author Esther K. Smith and Jane Sanders who illustrated Making Books with Kids will show you how to fold, cut and pop your own book. Then YOU can draw + write your story!

Print with Antique Wood Type

The beloved Kelsey letterpress returns! Come print real antique wood type on a vintage Kelsey letterpress with Dikko Faust of Purgatory Pie Press. Travel back in time and make your own BKBF keepsake.

Brooklyn Book Festival

Sunday  October 1 :: 10am-6pm
Purgatory Pie Press Booth #413

Purgatory Pie Press was very happy to exhibit at Art on Paper 
Thanks so much for coming and buying our work.

Tribeca:: 48 Walker St :: James Cohan Gallery:: New York City

:: Shadow Fair ::
Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair

Saturday April 29, 2023
St Vincent Ferrer 66th St & Lexington Av.

The Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair is a one-day fair known as the Shadow Fair.
It is a less-formal, less expensive fair, held during the same weekend as the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory.
The fair takes place in the school of St. Vincent Ferrer, located right around the corner from the ABAA fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

Purgatory Pie Press Open Studio / HOLIDAY SALE
You missed it--but you can still shop in Purgatory
JUST email esther@purgatorypiepress to make an appt

This exhibition featured Purgatory Pie Press works 

Americans Looking In

Center for Book Arts :: main gallery :: October 9 - December 12, 2020

Curators reflected on what it means to be “American.”
“What is American culture today, and what does an American look like?”
They asked the viewer to consider the question with them starting through the eyes of the artists in this exhibition.

The Grolier Club Presented

Purgatory Pie Press Virtual Studio Tour

  | Saturday, April 3rd, 2021 | 

Esther K Smith and Dikko Faust demonstrated vintage equipment that can print in relief on non-paper substrates such as upcycled clothing, gave glimpses of their voluminous archive, and reflected on the art form’s evolution. They opened cabinets of wonders, including the photo-engravings for advertisements dating back 130 years, Hebrew wood type from a long-shuttered Yiddish poster printer, and an entire drawer of ampersands.

For those unable to join us for the session, the lecture was recorded and is t on the Grolier Club's Vimeo page: https://vimeo.com/user4535612.

The Grand Bazaar

| Sunday, August 1, 2021 |  

Purgatory Pie Press exhibited at The Grand Bazaar on Sunday, August 1--

Happy Type High Day  -- 9/18

Dikko Faust took this photo to celebrate!

Center for Book Arts

Magic Books & Paper Toys :: Esther K Smith
Registration closed 
Explore a variety of playful forms from flexagons to magic wallets, simple popups, instant accordion skylines and mountains, jogged pamphlets, stab stitched flip books, heads, middles and tails book, exquisite corpse structures, triangle star books-- making quick models and developing them into one-of-a-kind artist books, collaborative and individual projects, and potential limited editions. Collage, draw, stamp, have fun.

photos by Amy Kalyn Sims
by Harvey Redding/Purgatory Pie Press + Liz Zanis

by Polly Faust

by Esther K Smith + Dikko Faust Purgatory Pie Press

Letterpress: An Introduction  

Sep 26-Nov 28 ::  10 sessions Registration Closed
School of Visual Arts, New York City
Letterpess is versatile, adaptable, and mixes easily with other printmaking processes. By hand-typesetting vintage metal and wood typefaces, students will gain a broader understanding of typography. The sessions will begin with a demonstration, followed by studio time to work on projects, including type-based graphic designs and fine art limited additions. Previous printmaking experience is not required. Registration closed.

Letterpress: Variations

School of Visual Arts, New York City Registration CLOSED
This course will concentrate on nontraditional, experimental, and painterly uses of letterpress. Students will explore moiré and interference patterns by shifting type set-ups and using multiple printings. Students will examine the type experiments of avant-garde movements, such as Dada and futurism, and innovative printers from the 19th and 20th centuries. Sessions will begin with demonstrations, followed by studio time to work on self-initiated projects. Previous printmaking experience is not required.
Registration  CLOSED

Hands-On History of Type:
200 Years of New Things

Center for Book Arts Registration  CLOSED

This series will explore the history of typography from the 1820s to the present using lectures, show-and-tell examples, and demonstrations. 
Sessions include:Alphabet History through Type Inventions with Five New Type Forms from the 1820s, Wood Type and Metal Type: Manufacture and Best Use Suggestions, Chromatic Wood and Metal Type, Printing Magazines: 19th through Early 20th Century, Crystal Goblet vs. Dada: Avant Garde vs Classical Reformist Design.  

Vandertricks with Dikko Faust

Center for Book Arts  Registration  CLOSED

In this workshop on improvisatory letterpress printing, students will study four letterpress techniques: feathering, rainbow rolls, found-object printing, and purgacolor. The course will also cover other aspects of letterpress printing, including onlay, interlay, underlay, color mixing tips, press maintenance, proofing, editioning, managing order, and more. Dikko will display examples of his work from Purgatory Pie Press. Students should have some hand type and letterpress experience. Registration  CLOSED 

Wood Type T-Shirts on the Washington Press

Center for Book Arts  Registration  CLOSED

Students will learn about typographic history while printing on t-shirts and other cotton fabric items. Printing will be wood type only on CBA’s R.Hoe & Co Washington Press (made in the Bronx in the late 1800’s) with hand rollers.

Shadow Fair :: Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair 

:: our last book fair before Covid shut down the world ::
869 Lexington Av,New York City 10065 :: St Vincent Ferrer 66th St & Lexington Av.
Saturday March 7, 2020 

The Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair is a one-day fair known as the Shadow Fair. It is a less-formal, less expensive fair, held during the same weekend as the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. The fair takes place in the school of St. Vincent Ferrer, located right around the corner from the ABAA fair at the Park Avenue Armory.

Booklyn Artist Book Fair 2020 in the 41st Greenwich Village Book Fair
at PS3 :: 490 Hudson St, NYC 10014  


PPP Studio Sale

Saturday/Sunday December 14+15 2019 :: 12 noon-4pm  @B.A.T.
Bring a teeshirt and we'll letterpress print W0od TyPe on it

Walt Whitman's Words: Inspiring Artists Today

October-December 2019
Center for Book Arts, 28 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

Purgatory Pie Press commission piece – pop-up by Sam Ita

Odds and Ends Art Book Fair

Friday December 6, 2019 11:30am - 4:30pm
Yale University Art Gallery New Haven, CT

Small Business Saturday:: PPP Studio SALE

Saturday November 30, 2019 :: 1–6pm  @B.A.T.

When Artists Enter the Factories walk-through

DJA’DE DISSECTED installation

October 18- November 22, 2019
Brooklyn Army Terminal Building B

photo -  Kuo-Heng Huang
Dikko Faust’s version of the oldest known wall painting -- 11,000 years old -- four 17 foot panels, enlarging 9 inch page spreads from Purgatory Pie Press Dja’de accordion book. Our piece in the site specific exhibition: When Artists Enter the Factories

Open House New York

Saturday/Sunday October 19+20, 2019 :: 12 noon-4pm
PURGATORY PIE PRESS and other ArtBuilt artists studios open to the public.

A Night of Animation & Flipbooks

Tuesday September 24, 2019  7:30pm - 9:30pm
Esther K Smith spoke about letterpress and handmade flip books

photo credit Amy Kalyn Sims
photo - Amy Kalyn Sims
Buy Contraption

Intro to Intro to Letterpress

Hosted at SVA Letterpress Studio: 2019

Celeste Sloman for The New York Times

Designers, Illustrators, Poets, Artists, came and toured SVA’s extraordinary letterpress print shop. They set type and letterpress printed a chromatic group project.
Feel free to bring snacks to share– and remember you might get inky–so dress for printing.

This is a hands-on intro to Dikko Faust’s SVA courses (register NOW!)
more info-click!