Triptych showing various graphic lettering and designs. Text on image 2 partially visible. Text on image 3: The love of letters is the beginning of typographical wisdom. That is the love of letters as literature and physical entities having abstract beauty of their own.

Big Bold Type: Letterpress Printing

Date: June 12- June 16, 2017
Medium: Paper Arts
Instructor: Erin Beckloff
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.

Tuition does not cover the cost of supplies and materials. Many of the workshops require you to bring specific materials or tools with you.

Supply List


  • Sketch pad or paper for sketching
  • Pencils, pens, sharpies, or preferred drawing material
  • Apron and/or work clothes (closed-toe shoes!!)
  • Books, magazines and images for inspiration

Other supplies and materials will be provided by CraftSummer.

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: $60-80*

*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.

About the Instructor

Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, filmmaker, and design educator. She is the co-director and writer of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, a documentary about the survival of letterpress and the remarkable printers who preserve the history and knowledge of the craft. Erin is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has a BFA from Miami and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She studied letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print.