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Introduction to Letterpress: Pressure Printing with Typesetting

Nif Hodgson

Class #60 Saturday-Sunday, June 30-July 1, 10am-5pm
Tuition $250

Nif Hodgson

Explore the versatility of letterpress by pairing traditional and contemporary printing techniques on the Vandercook cylinder press. The first day will explore creating unique patterned color fields with Pressure Printing. This alternative process involves making a low-relief collage to create atmospheric, textural background imagery that is reminiscent of rubbings or monotype ghost prints. The class will finish the prints with hand-set lead and wood type. Learn press set-up, ink mixing, and how to operate the press for both techniques.

Nif Hodgson is a San Francisco artist working in traditional and contemporary printmaking and letterpress techniques. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kala since 2000 and received her MFA from San Francisco State University. Her work has been shown in national exhibitions, as well as throughout the Bay Area. And her artist books are available through the Seager Grey Gallery. She is the recent recipient of the Murphy, Cadogan & Phelan Fellowship and the Leo D. Stillwell Scholarship.