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[BKARTS] Letterpress Workshop at South Florida's Jaffe Center for Book Arts
JAFFE CENTER for BOOK ARTS
at Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library
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Book Arts & Letterpress Folks:
We're pleased to announce our first workshop in letterpress printing
at JCBA... this is a major milestone for us! And we're diving right
in with one that we are particularly passionate about, related to our
upcoming library-wide exhibition that opens early in May:
Mutanabbi Street Starts Here
with instructor John Cutrone
Five Sessions: June 4 to June 25, plus July 30, 2008
(Wednesday Evenings) 6pm to 9pm
Jaffe Center for Book Arts
Letterpress Studio 351H
Plan on studio time outside of class, as well.
$225 general public / $155 FAU faculty & staff / $105 FAU students
MUTANABBI STREET STARTS HERE
On March 5, 2007, a car bomb was detonated on Mutanabbi Street, the
centuries-old center of bookselling in Baghdad. In an attempt to
bring something positive out of the destruction, a group of some 40
letterpress printers around the world gathered to create the
Mutanabbi Street Coalition. The Coalition’s goal was to respond to
the tragedy with positive creativity: by printing broadsides
featuring the work of Iraqi poets and supporting Doctors Without
Borders––a non-profit agency working to relieve suffering in Iraq and
in other troubled areas of the world––through the sales of these
FAU has partnered with the Mutanabbi Street Coalition to exhibit and
digitize the original collection of Mutanabbi Street broadsides,
which will soon be available for viewing worldwide on the Internet at
the FAU Libraries website. Meanwhile, the exhibition, here at the
Wimberly Library and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, is slated to
begin on May 6.
A new goal of the Mutanabbi Street Coalition is to increase the
number of broadsides from the original 42 to about 130, which is a
number that represents an approximation of the total number of dead
and wounded on Mutanabbi Street the day of the attack.
In this class, participants will each produce a Mutanabbi Street
broadside to be added to this historic archive. (A broadside, by the
way, is a single sheet printing.) You may work with your own
material, or with the Mutanabbi Street inspired work of poets that
the Coalition has gathered. In the process, participants will learn
to design on the Macintosh and print from photopolymer plates, using
the Boxcar Base grid system, as well as from traditional wood type.
Each student will create an edition of 11 broadsides for the
Mutanabbi Street Coalition, as well as enough for a class exchange
and one that will be added to the Jaffe Collection, and also a few
copies for the poet you work with. A larger edition is perfectly
Note that we will not be exposing and making our own photopolymer
plates in this class; we will be sending our plate images directly to
Boxcar Press for this step. But the design and printing is completely
your work to do. Experience with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop
is highly recommended (we’ll be using the CS3 version of both
programs), but not necessary (plan to put in some extra time if you
are not familiar with these programs).
All levels. No print experience necessary. Class limit: 8, plus
studio assistant. Note that the class selection process will not be a
First Come First Served one; rather, we want to hear a short
statement as to why participation in this project would be important
to you. We will select the class participants based on these statements.
Participants are responsible for their own paper and plate expenses
(expect to spend $100 to $150 on materials... your printing plates
will cost no more than $100 (and perhaps considerably less) and paper
expense will depend on your choice of paper). A parking permit fee of
$17 also applies for participants who do not have a regular FAU
Simply send me an email [ jcutrone@xxxxxxx ] telling me that you are
interested, and give me a short statement as to why participating in
this historic project is important to you. As I mentioned above, we
will be selecting the class members based on these statements. We
would appreciate having your statement by Monday, May 19.
WORK STUDY SCHOLARSHIP
One work study scholarship is available to a currently-enrolled FAU
student, who will take the role of studio assistant to the
instructor. The scholarship student will pay no tuition, but will be
responsible for the cost of his or her own printing plates and paper.
In exchange for this opportunity, the scholarship student will be
expected to provide assistance as needed to the instructor (but I
promise the burden will be light). To apply, simply let me know in
your email application that you are interested in the scholarship. We
will follow up with an additional question or two for you to answer.
Again, we'd appreciate hearing from you by Monday, May 19.
John Cutrone is a letterpress printer and bookbinder. Together with
his partner Seth Thompson, he creates limited edition books and
broadsides at Convivio Bookworks, a home-based studio in Downtown
Lake Worth, Florida. He is also Programs Coordinator at Florida
Atlantic University's Jaffe Center for Book Arts. A complete catalog
of the duo's work, collected by major libraries across the United
States, is available at the Convivio Bookworks website: http://
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