STL PRINT WEEK


Join us for a week-long celebration of printing with guest speakers, events, films and more.
Find out about APA Wayzgoose. Get a vendor table at the Print Market. 
June 20th-26th - St. Louis, Missouri.


Welcome to StL Print Week. All Print Week events are free and open to the public!

WHO WE ARE

StL Print Week – an annual event dedicated to celebrating the art and industry of printing. Formed as a chance for artists, publishers, designers, printers and print enthusiasts to share information, there's something for everyone and all are welcome. Let's party!

THE HISTORY

The invention of the printing press has been called the single most important invention of all time. Even though we've been predicting the death of the press since its birth, print has proved its viability in a digital age time and again. It’s all around us, every day. It’s language, an expression, a trade. It's art, and we’re here to celebrate it.

WHAT'S TO COME

All events located at the Old North studios of The Firecracker Press and Central Print. StL Print Week, June 20th-26th, is a 7 day series of FREE events. Other events include the APA Wayzgoose June 23rd-26th (a party welcoming letterpress printers from all over the world), and Print Market, June 26th (a vendor fair - sell your goods). 

 

LOOK WHO'S COMING!
 
 
Celene  Aubry

Celene Aubry

Hatch Show Print

Kristen O'Laughlin

Kristen O'Laughlin

Sensura Studio

Tammy and Adam Winn

Tammy and Adam Winn

The Red Door Press

Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Moore Wood Type

David Gray

David Gray

David Wolske

David Wolske

Heather Moulder

Heather Moulder

Hatch Show Print & Lordy Mercy

Eric Woods

Eric Woods

Firecracker Press

The Firecracker Press opened shop in February of 2002. We're a letterpress design studio that combines antique printing technology with modern thinking to produce objects that bring surprise and joy.

We make posters, prints, social stationery and greeting cards, business cards, invitations for weddings and parties, and more.

Marie Oberkirsch

Marie Oberkirsch

Central Print

Esther Smith & Dikko Faust

Esther Smith & Dikko Faust

Purgatory Pie Press

Purgatory Pie Press began in 1977 in Madison, Wisconsin when Dikko Faust pied (spilled) an overfilled job case of cold metal 8 point Century Oldstyle.

Dikko sorted that type for weeks, made his first two books and the paper for his third, and moved to New York City. In 1980 Dikko Faust married Esther K Smith and Purgatory Pie Press merged with the E K Smith Museum, a museum of found art, including The Apron Collection. Their wedding invitation was their first print collaboration.

Chris Cheney & Nieves Uhl

Chris Cheney & Nieves Uhl

Sawtooth Print Shop

Sawtooth Print Shop is a letterpress and design studio, born out of Chris Cheney and Nieves Uhl's love of printmaking. Nieves and Chris met at Hatch Show Print, and later became neighbors and business partners. They started the shop when Nieves acquired a cabinet of type, thrown from a barn during a tornado,  and Chris got an antique printing press, rescued from the basement of a sculptor genius. Nieves and Chris decided to combine their fortunes and start their own print and design studio all the way back in 2012.

Brad Vetter

Brad Vetter

Brad Vetter Design

Brad Vetter is a designer, artist, educator and master printer in the field of letterpress printmaking. After studying graphic design at Western Kentucky University, Brad spent eight years honing his craft at the legendary Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN, one of the oldest continually operating letterpress shops in the country. During his tenure at Hatch he was able to merge his love of the handmade and vintage design in printing projects for his favorite bands (Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket and Wilco) and the coolest clients (Nike and Anthropologie).

 

After Hatch, Brad became an independent printer and designer under the mantle Brad Vetter Design. Bouncing between 18th and 21st century technology and techniques, he continues to hand print rock-and-roll posters while also adding more digital design to his repertoire. Brad frequently lectures and hosts workshops throughout the US as well as teaching college-level design classes. His print work has been shown in such notable venues as the San Francisco MoMA, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, and the Danish Museum of Media.

 

Brad newly resides in Louisville, Kentucky where he is excited to become a part of the community while spreading the gospel of letterpress to the masses.

Ben Kiel

Ben Kiel

Typefounding

http://benkiel.com

Bob Magill

Bob Magill

Monumental Type Foundry

Laura Baisden

Laura Baisden

Camp Nevernice

aura Baisden cut her teeth on letterpress blocks as a young pup, putting away type and cranking posters for Bryce McCloud at Isle of Printing from 2006­-2010. There, she learned to love carving and the process of letterpress printing. Then, she got a job at Hatch Show Print and really honed her type­setting skills designing posters for all kinds of jobs­ local and international. In five years, she designed and printed hundreds of posters, redistributed thousands of letters and taught about 70 interns the ins and outs of letterpress printing.

Erin Beckloff

Erin Beckloff

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film

Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Linotype: The Film

Jason Wedekind

Jason Wedekind

Genghis Kern

genghiskern.com

Michelle Dreher

Michelle Dreher

Two Tone Press

Daniel Evans

Daniel Evans

Hanger: The Connected Closet

http://hanger.io/

EVENT SCHEDULE

  • 2612 N 14th St
    St. Louis, MO 63106

  • June 20th - 26th, 2016
    12:00 pm - 10:30pm

  • Printing as music
    Using presses as instruments

  • Print Market
    Wrapping up print week

  • 7:00 PM

    MONDAY NIGHT MOVIES
    Kick things off with special sneak peek of the new film, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, by Erin Beckloff,  where she and others answer the question, “why hasn’t letterpress died?” FREE

    Follow that with a screening of the feature-length documentary,Linotype: The Film, by Doug Wilson. Called the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Thomas Edison, the Linotype typecaster revolutionized printing and society. The film tells the charming and emotional story of the people connected to the Linotype and how it impacted the world. FREE

  • 12:00 PM

    TECH PANEL
    If coding and programming are the language of the future, letterpress was the cutting edge technology of its time; the 1400s. We’ve built modern society on the methods that came from letterpress and can draw a line from Gutenberg to iPhones in 4 easy steps…

    1. movable type/printing press
    2. the Linotype linecaster or hot type
    3. Phototype or cold type
    4. Digital technologies – desktop publishing, the internet, iPhones.
     
    Join a panel of experts to discuss what the new and old languages can share. Maybe there’s a hybrid future, with the latest tech, and a reverence for our past that influences the new, in healthy ways. Dave Gray, Founder of XPlane to MC, Kirsten O’Laughlin, and The Firecracker Press to chime in. Lunch provided. FREE
  • 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

    PRINTSHOP TOURS
    self guided tours of local shops with various capabilities including letterpress, offset, screenprinting, and fine art. Tall tails will be told. Full list TBA. FREE
  • 7:00 PM

    TYPE PANEL
    Find out what’s happening in the world of type and letterforms. Scott Moore, of Moore Wood Type, Bob Magill of Monumental Type Foundry, David Wolske and others will be available to talk type… wood, metal, digital, and alternative materials. Drinks provided. FREE
  • 12:00 PM

    LETTERPRESS BIZ PANEL
    These days there’s a letterpress shop in most communities, large and small. Its operation can be as unique as its owner or organizing partners. What does it take to start, and run, a successful studio? Come and talk with some of the most successful shops in the region including; Hatch Show Print (Nashville), Two Tone Press(Kansas City), Sawtooth Printshop (Nashville), The Red Door Press (Des Moines), Genghis Kern (Denver), and The Firecracker Press (StL). Secrets will be revealed and this is a perfect chance to see behind the curtain. Lunch Provided. FREE

     
     
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    STUDENT PORTFOLIO REVIEWS
    Show your work and get noticed. Talk with leaders in the letterpress and design fields. We’ll have local universities on hand to talk about education. Highschool and college students welcome. Contact Central Print for more info. FREE
  • 7:00 PM

    TALK: with ESTHER K. SMITH

    Esther K Smith, of Purgatory Pie Press, (New York City) will join us to talk about bookmaking, letterpress, and the studio she’s run for nearly 40 years with founder Dikko Faust. Together, they show in exhibitions all over the world, teach classes and workshops in the finest schools, and make limited editions and artist books.  Their work is collected in major international museums and libraries including MoMA, V&A, Metropolitan Museum, The Poetry Foundation, Newberry Library, and the Tate.

    Esther K Smith is wrote and co-designed of How to Make Books (Random House)and 4 other book arts books. Her next book is a reprint ofChromatic Wood Type for Rizzoli. Drinks provided. FREE

    www.estherksmith.com

    www.purgatorypiepress.com

     
     
  • 8:30 PM

    FIRECRACKER RELEASE PARTY
    Join us for an exclusive first-look at new paper goods from The Firecracker Press; greeting cards, posters, gift items, and more. See the 2016 collection, and take advantage of exclusive offers for retail and wholesale orders! Plus a special, all-star performance by Manual Feed – the letterpress band. Drinks provided. FREE
  • 10:00 PM

    MANUAL FEED: A MUSICAL LETTERPRESS EXPERIENCE
    If you’ve been in a printshop, when the presses are running, there’s nothing like the percussive energy of work. For Manual Feed, The Firecracker Press will be playing the presses like musical instruments, and we’ll be joined by a few of the greatest printers in the land…Brad Vetter (Brad Vetter Design), Laura Baisden (Camp Nevernice), Heather Moulder (Hatch Show Print + Lory Mercy) and others! Drinks provided. FREE
  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    PRINT MARKET
    Come see the region’s best printers and makers at the Print Market! Join us under the big tent behind The Firecracker Press/Central Print, and buy work, talk shop, trade ideas, and meet your letterpress heroes. Local coffee shops, soda fountains, and food trucks on hand. To sign up click and scroll to PRINT MARKET REGISTRATION.

2016 APA Wayzgoose

Pack your pica pole ’cause the ‘Goose is loose! StL Print Week bookends the annual traveling event. The 2016 APA Wayzgoose will be in St. Louis this year, hosted by The Firecracker Press and Central Print, and there are tons of print-related talks, workshops, and activities in the works.
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THE VENUE

Get Direction

Direction


LOCATION INFO

The Firecracker Press
2612 N. 14th St.
St. Louis, MO 63106

June 20th-26th, 2016

 

 

CONTACT INFO

Eric Woods

The Firecracker Press

eric@firecrackerpress.com


Marie Oberkirsch
Central Print
director@centralprint.org

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