What You'll Get
- $60 for one admission to a letterpress printing tour and workshop with Brian Allen
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
Classes meet at Brian Allen’s studio.
Each event is capped at 6 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
It’s easy to find inspiration inside Brian Allen’s studio. Calligraphy, lettering, and typography, both from Brian and other printers, cover the 1,000 square-foot studio’s walls. But the focus of the two-hour workshop lies elsewhere: an 1850s Albion hand press. With this or one of three smaller printing presses, you’ll arrange and print a piece using wood type.
Tour the Studio
Brian takes you through the space while discussing the history and craft of letterpress printing.
Customize Your Design
Once at one of the presses, you’ll use old wood type to spell out names or abstract designs to print on a 12”x18” sheet of card stock.
You should arrive in clothing that you don’t mind potentially marking with ink, and have some words or short phrases in mind for printing.
Artisan and Letterpress Printer
Words matter to Brian Allen, and not just because of their definitions. It’s each letter’s abstract shape that draws him in, something he first discovered while learning typography and calligraphy in the 1970s. His own letters have become pretty famous over the years. The artist has designed fonts for companies including IBM, printed work featured at events with world leaders, and his handwriting was even used to create fonts for Microsoft.
The Fine Print