Power of the Press: Letterpress Printing

Letterpress exhibition
Letterpress exhibition
Two letterpress posters
 Several prints of a poster

Date: June 27 – July 1, 2022 (Summer)
Medium: Paper
Instructor: Erin Beckloff (email)
Skill Level: All

Learn historic techniques to create impactful posters and prints in this introduction to letterpress printing. Engage with antique printing presses using vintage metal and wood type fonts to design and print an edition of fine art or event posters. Learn the ins-and-outs of hand-setting type and basic typographic design concepts. Work collaboratively and on individual projects, operating and creating on Vandercook cylinder proof, showcard, and C&P tabletop platen presses. Experience a print exchange with everyone in the workshop.

This course has ended.

Supply List

A list of supplies for you to purchase, along with recommended vendors, will be provided upon registration.

Recommended/Optional: (some available in the studio) Pencils, pens, sharpies or drawing utensils of choice Sketch pad or paper for drawings Apron and/or work clothes Linoleum Carving Tools: [Good option] Mikisyo Power Grip Carving Tools, Five Piece Set (Basic) $26.31 on Amazon

Estimated cost student will spend: $25.00- $35.00


Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $*TBD

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

Studio supply fees are an estimate and can be subject to change due to supply chain issues or transportation cost.


About the Instructor

Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, designer, educator, and filmmaker (Pressing On, 2017). Erin holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts and continues to study letterpress through the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print. For over 10 years she was a professor of Communication Design and Letterpress at Miami University. She has given presentations at international design and printing conferences as well as taught workshops and lectured at universities across the US and UK.

Erin disseminates her research through public and educational engagement. She has given presentations at two Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Wayzgoose conferences; ATypI Antwerp; UCDA Design Education Summit; Type@Cooper New York; College Book Art Association Conferences; as well as taught workshops and lectured at universities across the US and UK.