Howard Iron Works 2023 Print Expo & Fair!

We’re super excited to announce that the 2023 edition of the Print Expo & Fair will be held on Saturday, October 14. Activities include tours, demos, hands-on printing experience, workshops and shopping for unique and beautiful offerings by a talented group of artists, printers and book arts folks.

PE&F is a community event, free admission, for all ages, and held in a fully accessible facility. Looking forward to seeing you all at the PE&F 2023!

We are pleased to offer a series of workshops during the Print Expo & Fair 2023. We are truly fortunate to have a group of very capable instructors who will be holding the workshops. All classes will be one-hour long and tailored to participants 12 years and older. Participation will be limited to 10-14 per workshop at the discretion of the instructor.

Each workshop will cost $25 per person, and include all materials required to complete the project being taught – no additional material fees are to be charged.

Workshops include:

Pressure Printing Workshop
This simple image-making process for the letterpress uses collaged paper and stickers to create different thickness plates that print darker and lighter. Your collaged plate goes under the printed paper to create the image.

Life After Coptic - Sewings For Those Who Want To Get Out Of The Rut
Have you mastered the Coptic stitch? Or, are you looking for an alternative look? Then, maybe these sessions will get you out of the box. During the Medieval period, the book was further developed by utilizing sewing supports to stiffen up the structure. This provided a slightly less wobbly book structure that opens fairly flat.

Letterpress Printing Workshop
This workshop is a hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of letterpress printing, a technology rooted in the 15th century. Participants will learn the basic, hand-set a short personal message using lead type, and print.

Gelli Printing Workshop
Monoprinting with a gelli plate: Learn to monoprint with a gel printing plate. In this workshop, learn how to ink the plate and layer colours and textures. All materials will be provided including printing plate, brayer, paints plus suitable natural objects (grasses, leaves, flowers) for printing as well as objects for texture. You’ll leave with prints and a recipe to make your own gelli plate at home.

Bookbinding Workshop
Beth will be leading the class on the Chainstitch binding method for attaching a section of pages to a cover requires minimal materials, no glue, and results in a lovely decorative spine stitch. All supplies and tools will be provided.

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