Introduction to Iron Hand Press

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$ 65.00

December 7th, 2018 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Chad Johnson
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: December 7th, 2018 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: December 7th, 2018 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

The Iron Hand Press is a workhorse from the nineteenth century that welds modern printing to its earliest incarnations over five hundred years ago. This class offers an overview of the practices and principals of doing edition work on this venerable printing press. From the basics of imposing on the stone to locking the inner chase and packing the outer tympan, students will get a full tour of the handpress and its workflow and walk away with a folded keepsake inked and printed on the Center’s own Reliance Midget. 

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $65.00

Date & Time: Friday, December 7, 2018 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Chad Johnson

Chad Johnson is an artist, printer, bookbinder, and teacher who has been living in the Bay Area for over a decade. After earning an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he has worked in conservation labs, letterpress shops, and libraries. He has experience conserving historic books, analyzing collections of rare books, working with artists and authors, printing professionally on many different letterpress machines, and teaching and sharing his love of books and printing. As SFCB's Studio Director | Resident Instructor, he brings knowledge and experience fueled by passion and enthusiasm for the art and craft of making books by hand. From digital typesetting to steamroller printing to fixing presses to talking about letterpress history, Chad is always happy to help students and artists learn to express themselves through the powerful medium of the handmade book.

Past Student Reviews:

“Chad made excellent use of the 3 hours we had for an introduction to the iron hand press, making sure we all understood the main aspects of its operation."

“Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and expert printer.”

“Chad's depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject matter is inspiring.”

$ 65.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States