Read Before Use: The Print Imperative
May 5 - May 6
Norah Maki & Allyson Paty
May 5-6, Saturday & Sunday, 10 am-4 pm
User manuals. Maps. Stage directions. Rulebooks. Recipes. Musical notation. Written and illustrated instruction spans many genres and forms, from the vaunted to the lowly. This course introduces the basics of typesetting and letterpress printing through a specific project: print your own instructions. We will explore some of the ways that artists and writers have mined the instructions in their work, and examine the graphic and poetic potential of mundane directions, especially when removed from their utilitarian contexts. Participants will select a single instruction or imperative phrase as the basis for an original broadside, of which they will produce a small printed edition. Participants will learn to set type, carve a linoleum block, and print on a Vandercook proof press. The workshop will culminate in a print exchange, producing a haphazard manual of participants’ collective instructions.
This workshop is being taught in partnership between Center for Book Arts and Singing Saw Press, an independent press co-founded by Norah Maki (a current Center scholar) and poet Allyson Paty. Their flagship publication is a folio of collaborative broadsides between artists and poets that fosters dialogue both contributor-to-contributor and in a more formal way, between image and text.
Tuition: $325 members / $350 non-members. Become a member.