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Long-Distance Letterpress: Modular Typography

with Chris Chandler
Saturday, May 22
10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
$50.00 – $75.00
A Zoom link will be sent in advance of class


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Why you should take this class

Whether working with tiny legos or gigantic geometric shapes, Chris Chander of Neu Haus Press is constantly blowing minds and breaking new ground in modern modular letterpress design. If you think Chris’ explorations with giant custom-carved Alpha-blox are amazing, wait until you see what he’s doing with another modular typeface: Futura Schmuck. Regardless of size, the idea of working with a versatile, modular type system is something every designer should experience. 

What you’ll learn

Whether you’re an old hand at letterpress printing or just getting started, you’ll discover the surprising versatility and seemingly unlimited possibilities of printing with a modular system. Chris will show us how to take letterpress printing off the page and into prinstallation—transforming type into abstract, immersive art experiences. In this 2-hour demonstration, we’ll learn how Chris makes his giant modular blocks and learn about his creative process. Here are some of the things we’ll be covering:

  • Creating billboard-sized designs with multiple layers and colors
  • Materials for modular printing systems
  • Finding out how Chris makes his giant printing blocks
  • Demonstration on wheatpasting techniques 
  • Investigating resources for creating your own modular printing system

As always, the Long-Distance Letterpress experience includes a workshop keepsake sent to you in the mail!



Who should take this class?

This workshop is for anyone who loves design, retro typography, and geometric design solutions. You’re welcome to join in whether you have letterpress printing experience or not.

About the Instructor

Chris Chandler
Portland, OR

Chris Chandler is an artist, printmaker, living and working in Portland, Oregon. He is currently exploring the endless possibilities of large-scale, modular, letterpress printing. His work is exhibited throughout the United States. Chris is the proprietor of Neu Haus Press, which he founded in 1996.