Center for Book Arts class with Dikko Faust

Type on the Streets: Architectural and Infrastructure Signage in New York and Beyond

Center for Book Arts | Saturday, October 23 | 12pm-3pm
(raindate: Sunday Oct 24)

Participants will join a New York City walking tour highlighting 19th & 20th-century architectural typography on apartment buildings, manhole & vault covers, paint-on-brick advertising signs, and more. Students will make their own rubbings of found typography. The session will conclude with a slideshow and discussion at the CBA. Proof of vaccination is required.
Register here. 


See the virtual exhibit here.
Upper: Susan Happersett, Dikko Faust 
Lower: Dikko Faust: Hardware Moiré Accordions, Elizabeth Duffy: Enclosure Exposure

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:

The Grand Bazaar

| Sunday, August 1, 2021 |  

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


(look for them next term!)

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.
Register here.

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.
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Letterpress: An Introduction with Dikko Faust

SVA School of Visual Arts Registration  CLOSED

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.
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Letterpress: Variations with Dikko Faust

SVA School of Visual Arts 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.
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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 will 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. Register here.

Letterpress Basics

Dikko Faust

A class for all levels.
Letterpress is versatile, adaptable, and mixes easily with other printmaking processes. Through hand typesetting vintage metal and wood typefaces, students gained a broader understanding of typography. Printing blocks and plates range from completely manual, hand-cut and collaged, to digital photopolymer plates. Accurate color registration is simple and easy. The image can range from hard edge to feathered and painterly, and the relief impression adds a third dimension. Operation and maintenance of different kinds of letterpress was included. Sessions began with a demonstration followed by studio time to work on projects that range from type-based graphic designs to fine art limited editions.
No experience required.

Happy Type High Day 2020-- 9/18

Dikko Faust took this photo to celebrate!

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 :: 10am-5pm

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

Sunday  September 22, 2019 10am-6pm
Purgatory Pie Press Booth #306

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!