Bryan Baker is a talented artist, printer and teacher. In his role as printer-in-residence here at Signal-Return, Bryan teaches private lessons. If you have a special project (invitations, branding for your business, a concept you'd like to develop), working one-on-one with Bryan is a great way to realize your project, and learn letterpress printing. To learn more, please call us at 313.567.8970 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for this workshop and you will witness the unexpected beauty found in a massive collision of content. Partly a surrealist poetry writing exercise and partly a collaborative printing adventure; we will be mixing and merging portions of text generated by all members of the class into one multifaceted gem. Each participant will learn how to properly compose phrases using proper traditional typesetting techniques. As a group we will design and lock-up one massive form using all of the contributions. A large edition will be printed, and all participants will leave with a small stack of prints.
Instructor: Bryan Christopher Baker is a full time artist and printmaker who operates his own private letterpress studio in Detroit and teaches classes at both CCS and Signal-Return.
THURSDAY, APRIL 10 [6–9 PM] + THURSDAY, APRIL 17 [6–9 PM] + THURSDAY, APRIL 24 [6-9 PM] | 8 Students
$200 (These three sessions are consecutive, not stand alone, sessions)
Session 1: Writing With Pictures: History and Practice
Session 2: Carving the Story: Relief Printmaking
Session 3: Printing the Narrative: From Block to Page
In this three-part course, we will briefly examine the history of the wordless novel, looking at examples by Frans Masereel, Otto Nückel, Lynd Ward, Laurence Hyde, cartoonist Milt Gross and the “silent” collage novels of Surrealist Max Ernst, as well as contemporary practitioners of the form—Thomas Ott, Ian Huebert and Olivier Deprez. We will then explore the process of “writing with pictures” by elaborating on short narratives to create our own wordless stories. Carving simplified imagery into linoleum blocks, and then printing the resulting images using black ink onto a single page, utilizing the broadside format, will produce each sequence. As we will print small editions of these sequences, participants will be able to take part in a “story exchange” at the end of the course.
Instructor: Ryan Standfest is an artist and art educator who lives and works in Detroit. He is the publisher and editor of ROTLAND PRESS and founded the performance group Cabaret BLACK EYE. www.ryanstandfest.com / www.rotlandpress.com
In this one-day workshop students will print original 4 in x 6 in postcards, using metal and wood type and typographic ornaments. Students will learn to how to properly compose, lock-up, register and print their postcards on the plate and proof presses
Instructor: Laura Beyer is the proprietor of Wax Wing Press and received her MFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.