An Introduction to Letterpress Printing: A Studio-Based Workshop

John Kristensen & Katherine McCanless Ruffin

A live-only letterpress workshop scheduled for Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:00–2:10 p.m. ET, via Zoom.

This event is limited to the first 25 people who register. Most seats have already been filled by students admitted to this summer’s RBS courses; to inquire about registering for the webinar series, please email RBS Programs at

This workshop, which is based on the letterpress printing labs that are an integral part of T-60 “The History of 19th- & 20th-Century Typography & Printing,” will present the basics of traditional hand composition of metal type by hand and printing on the flatbed Vandercook proofing press. During this workshop, a limited edition two-color keepsake set and printed specially for this workshop will be produced. Copies will be mailed to workshop participants by RBS after the workshop. Those registered for the workshop will receive a curated list of videos about letterpress printing that they should view before the workshop.

A collaboration between Shinola Press, Katherine Ruffin’s studio, and Firefly Press, John Kristensen’s press, this workshop will highlight the strength of the bibliographical community and the power of combining analog and digital communication means.

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