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Shop Talk: Why do we love letterpress?

with Jennifer Graves
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
10:00 am – 11:00 am PDT


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What’s a Shop Talk?

As printers, we always mind our Ps and Qs, but we might also need a little Q and A from time to time. The challenge of preserving a craft that predates the Google search by centuries requires some printer-to-printer networking. Shop Talks are for talking shop: comparing notes on equipment and techniques, finding sources for supplies, or sharing opportunities and talents. Gather around the virtual composing stone for uncensored, unrecorded, free roundtables hosted by genial moderators. There are no stupid questions, and mansplainers will be digitally escorted to a solo breakout room. 

This week’s topic

In this digital age and the demand of “instant gratification,” what is it about letterpress that makes our hearts beat faster? That keeps us engaged, committed, curious, and explorative?

About the Moderator

Jennifer Graves
Jennifer Graves
Los Angeles, CA
Jennifer Graves is a letterpress printer, book artist, and instructor based in Los Angeles. Since taking her first letterpress class in 2010 Jennifer has spent years growing, refining her own skills and learning from others. Jennifer chooses to primarily use wood and metal type, occasionally incorporating linoleum, pressure printing, and wood cuts. Much of her work addresses life and social issues through a lens of love and hope. Through type and vibrant, appropriate color, Jennifer’s messages resonate and invite audiences to be encouraged, ponder life and the life around them. In the summer she teaches an Introduction to Letterpress course through Extension at Otis College of Art and Design.