Garden of Mathematical Delights

Center for Book Arts | August 23, August 25, August 28 | 6-9pm EST, 6-9pm EST, 11am-5pm EST



At this three-day intensive workshop, artists Esther K. Smith and Susan Happersett will explore the intersection of book arts and mathematics. Repurposing prints, paper, drawings, etc.,  students will construct their own hyperbolic book forms. The class culminates in an installation piece at the CBA for three weeks.
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SVA Letterpress Classes with Dikko Faust

School of Visual Arts, NYC | Tuesdays, September 21-December 7 and Wednesdays, September 22-December 15 | 6:30-9:30pm EST

Registration starts soon for Dikko Faust's live and in-person classes at the School for Visual Arts! Fall classes will be "Letterpress: an Introduction" on Tuesday evenings and "Letterpress: Variations" on Wednesday evenings.


Printing T-Shirts Live on the Washington Press with Dikko Faust

Center for Book Arts | Saturday, September 18 | 11am-5pm EST

Join us at the Center for Book Arts to print your own letterpress T-shirts and other wearables!  Registration starts soon.


Vandertricks with Dikko Faust

Center for Book Arts | Mondays, September 13-October 4 | 6-9pm EST

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 starts soon.



Saturdays January 16th + 23rd
12-5pm EST with a 1-hour break

BOOKS BRUNCH & TEA

Esther K Smith‘s Zoom workshop::retreat 
sliding scale $250-$450



Sign up now for Books, Brunch, & Tea, a Zoom winter bookmaking retreat across two Saturdays. Workshops on simple books, pop-ups, pamphlets, accordions, stab stitch, and long-stitch will be interspersed with fun, cozy baking and tea-making demos.

Venmo @EstherKSmith to reserve your spot.
Email esther@purgatorypiepress.com if you need another payment method. 


December 6, Sunday 11-1:30pm EST

CEREAL BOX BOOKS

Esther K Smith
sliding scale $65-$125
Venmo @estherksmith to participate 

Cereal box books are a pop-art, environmentally friendly version of a binding that developed before printing. These multi-signature books open flat for writing and drawing-- great for journals, guestbooks, albums, sketchbooks, collage books, scrap books (and very long zines).

Zoom Class-- email esther(at)purgatorypiepress(dot)com for more info


Dikko Faust’s SVA Classes

winter term registration opens in December


Registration  CLOSED

Two Centuries of Wood and Metal Type 1820-2020

Dikko Faust

This course will include a survey of the last 200 years of type design, advertising, and graphic popular culture. Type exploded into numerous forms in the 19th century, with many fans and critics along the way.  Constant barrages of new ways to make type, typewriters, keyboard cast type (linotype, monotype, etc.), as well as other innovations aided and abetted the typing boom. A veteran type detective and letterpress printer will lead our investigation from his printshop and archive. Students will undertake and share guided research with the class as we learn about this exciting period for type and type design. Expect diversions into architectural ornament and much more that relate to letter design.⠀





Letterpress Basics

Dikko Faust
Postponed. 

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 will gain 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 is included. Sessions begin 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.


Past & Future Letterpress Classes




Letterpress is versatile, adaptable, and mixes easily with other printmaking processes. Through hand typesetting vintage metal and wood typefaces, students will gain 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 is included. Sessions begin with a demonstration followed by studio time to work on projects that range from type-based graphic designs to fine art limited editions. Previous printmaking experience is not required.



This course will concentrate on nontraditional, experimental, and painterly uses of letterpress. Printing from collagraphs and linocut plates offers endless possibilities for image-making and color overprinting. We will explore moiré and interference patterns by shifting type set-ups and the use of multiple printings. We will also look at 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 and are followed by studio time to work on self-initiated projects. Previous printmaking experience is not required.




This hands-on workshop will focus on letterpress relief printing techniques. Students will be setting metal type, type ornaments, and found and made pieces. In addition to studio work, we will view historical examples of this art form, including archaeological, architectural, vernacular weaving, bricklaying and tiling. We will continue this tradition with modular pieces from the printshop, as well as found and made type-high hardware. Experiments will include moiré, interference, shifted and pinwheel prints, ink transparency and color overlay. The first day focuses on group patterns; the second day concentrates on individual projects.
NOTE: All levels welcome; some letterpress or relief printmaking experience is helpful, but not required.

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