Cylinder Core 1-4 :: 4-Day Intensive

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$ 700.00

March 2nd, 2020 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Mary Laird
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: March 2nd, 2020 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: March 5th, 2020 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 4

Cylinder Core Certificate Program

The handfed cylinder proof press, also known as the Vandercook press, has a special place in both print history and in teaching book arts. Immediate and accessible, yet nuanced and specific, it is the press that introduced many of us to letterpress. The four class Cylinder Core Certificate Program allows students to move quickly through the press basics while also addressing relief printing in general. Students who finish the four core classes are qualified to rent press time as well as move on to more advanced classes and techniques. Click here to learn more about the Core Certification Program and find out how you receive a discount.

Cylinder Core 1 :: Experience Letterpress! 

Dig in to the tradition and history of letterpress printing and get your hands dirty. Learn about the process and practice of setting type, mixing inks and pulling impressions. In this class you will learn how to print your own cards! 

Cylinder Core 2 :: Power of the Broadside

Build your letterpress skills: learn advanced justification, typesetting, and composition. Put it all together to print a broadside of your own design.

Cylinder Core 3 :: Posterized

Develop your letterpress design skills and aesthetic while increasing your letterpress versatility: learn to set up the press, refine your registration skills, and run an edition. Learn more about packing, roller height, and make-ready. Come ready to run an edition of your own small poster.

Cylinder Core 4 :: Digital into Analog

Bring digital back into analog in this final core course and learn to print from photopolymer plates. Apply your letterpress skills to artwork created digitally to make fantastic plates for printing. Walk away with a stack of greeting cards printed from polymer plates.

*All paper for SFCB's Core Certificate Program projects has been generously provided by Mohawk.  

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $700.00

Date & Time: Monday-Thursday, March 2-5, 2020 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Mary Laird

Mary Risala Laird, MFA printmaking, University of Wisconsin, Madison, has been doing letterpress books since 1969 as Quelquefois Press. She partnered in Perishable Press Limited editions from 1969-84. Ms. Laird has taught letterpress at San Francisco State University, Kala Institute in Berkeley, Naropa University, and at the San Francisco Center for the Book as well as workshops in Utah, Idaho, Colorado and Washington state. For fifteen years she worked with the entire 7th grade class as a guest artist, making handmade journals. Her focus in printing is poetry. She binds the editions she prints.  Her work is in many collections across the country, including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Library of Congress, UW Madison, the British Library, Yale, University of Washington, and UC Santa Cruz. She has three grown children, lives in Berkeley with her husband John Malork.

Past Student Reviews:

“It was incredible to be able to learn so much in a concentrated timeframe. I was so impressed with what my fellow students and I accomplished! It would not have been possible without Mary Laird's expansive knowledge and experience, and ability to be able to help us all on our individual projects.”

“Everyone in the class had very different projects; some of us required a lot of problem solving to achieve our goals. Mary was there with us every step of the way to make sure we adhered to best practices and yet still realized our creative vision.”

“I would take another workshop with Mary in a heartbeat!!”

$ 700.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States