During pandemic lockdowns, the lack of access to community and university print shops made teaching and learning letterpress printing next to impossible. Steve Garst, a letterpress educator and an inveterate tinkerer, was inspired to develop the Provisional Press. His DIY, open source cylinder press kit caught on as an extremely accessible, lightweight, and inexpensive way for people in small spaces and with limited budgets to own their own printing press. Students have used them extensively for remote studio classes. It’s an ideal starter press for those dipping a tentative toe into letterpress waters. And for others, it’s a handy solution to limited shop access or the need for an additional, portable, proofing press for demonstrations or workshops.
Steve Garst, the creator of the Provisional Press, will walk you through every step of the assembly as you simultaneously build your own kit and get all your questions answered along the way. You’ll gain valuable insights about the press’ machinations as Steve demonstrates all of the tricks that help make assembly easier. In this online workshop, you’ll:
To build along with the class, order a discounted press kit and base no later than February 2. Your kit will ship after February 2.
This class may be taken alone or in conjunction with Long-Distance Letterpress: Provisional Press Printing, which will take place March 5, 2022.
You must be a US resident to order a press kit. Unfortunately, the Provisional Press cannot be mailed to non-US residents.
Whether you’re in need of an inexpensive starter press, you have limited access to a print shop, or you already own a Provisional Press kit and want to build it with expert supervision, this workshop is for you!
All of PiP’s classes are live and unrecorded — we find it’s a lot more fun and interactive this way. They are closed captioned using Zoom’s Live Transcription feature.
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