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Introduction to Letterpress: Typesetting

Nif Hodgson

Class #76: Saturdays, August 17 & 24, 10am-6pm
Tuition $285

Nif Hodgson

Get an immersive introduction to letterpress typesetting and Vandercook cylinder press operation, while exploring Kala’s collection of antique type. You will start with an introduction to the history of letterpress, typesetting, and related terminology, and finish the first day hand-setting type, learning how to operate a Vandercook printing press, and printing a collaborative book or broadside print. Students will build on what they’ve learned on the second day, setting type for their own individual prints, and learning how to proof and correct type on the press to achieve crisp, clear impressions.

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 master's degree at 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 also the recent recipient of the Murphy, Cadogan & Phelan Fellowship and the Leo D. Stillwell Scholarship. www.nifhodgson.com