This workshop takes place across four sessions:
- Tues, March 16, 11am–1pm ET
- Tues, March 23, 11am–1pm ET
- Tues, March 30, 11am–1pm ET
- Tues, April 6, 11am–1pm ET
Join Dikko Faust in this four-session workshop drawing on his 40+ years of improvisatory letterpress printing. Students will be introduced to four letterpress techniques: feathering, rainbow rolls, found-object printing, and purgacolor (a process invented by Dikko while he taught at the original Bleecker St CBA location). Other aspects of letterpress printing will also be covered such as: onlay, interlay & underlay, color mixing tips, press maintenance, proofing, editioning, and managing order (type high, proper measurement) and chaos (happy accidents, eureka moments). Examples of his work from Purgatory Pie Press will be shown. Students should have some hand type and letterpress experience.
Access to a cylinder letterpress is highly recommended, but not required for the class. Students are encouraged to watch and learn for the future.
There are a total of 12 spots open in this small-group workshop.
If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. This application should be completed three weeks before the workshop’s start date.
- Working flat bed cylinder letterpress with or without electric inking.
- Press furniture & quoins, reglet
- Extra packing sheets for press
- Type-high gauge or large piece of unworn metal type for checking height
- 3/4″ clear plywood or particle board for mounting found objects
- Doublestick tape &/or gluesticks for mounting found objects
- Stickyback (label) paper, masking tape, clear tape for makeready and feathering
- Thin & thicker cardboard
- Type high photoengraving(s), mounted linoleum (cut or uncut block(s), usually less than type high, for feathering), metal and wood type in better or worse condition
- At least three contrasting color inks, ink knives/spatulas
- Papers for printing
- Cleanup materials (rags, safe solvents)
About the Instructor
Dikko Faust founded Purgatory Pie Press while at University of Wisconsin in 1977. He has taught letterpress and Typography at the Center for Book Arts since 1978, as well as Cooper Union, School,of Visual Arts, Rutgers, and workshops all over the US, Canada, England and Germany. In these workshops, as well as teaching techniques, he offers his services as Type Detective, identifying u.t.o.s (unidentified typographic objects). For recreational reading, he prefers old type catalogs. He did extensive research for Esther K Smith’s Rizzoli edition of William H Page’s Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders,&c.
All images courtesy of the instructor.
In order to best serve our community near and far, many of our online classes are pay-what-you-can. While each class has a suggested price, we wish to make our educational programming as economically accessible as possible as well as to make sure our students feel fulfilled in their creative processes outside of the studio. The amount you choose to pay goes directly toward our instructors and toward creating scholarship opportunities for the future.