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Workshop of Bad Printing

with Amos P. Kennedy, Jr.
Thursday, April 25, 2024
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm PDT
$125.00
Path with Art
200 Mercer Street
Seattle, WA 98109 United States

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PiP’s first-ever Seattle letterpress workshop!

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for—an opportunity to take an in-person Partners in Print workshop from a very special guest artist. Your instructor on this auspicious occasion is none other than letterpress legend Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.! We thank Path with Art for hosting us in their beautiful ArtHome. There, Amos will show you how to create bold letterpress work that’s impossible to ignore.

What you’ll learn

First, you’ll hear about the accessibility-first philosophy behind the Amos Kennedy School of Bad Printing from its namesake. Then, participants will get down to business with a fleet of Provisional Presses, copious amounts of wood type, paper, and imagery, and ink in every color of the rainbow. In just two hours, you’ll:

  • Experience Amos’ creative process for yourself
  • Hone your own message
  • Use more ink than you ever thought possible
  • Come away with as many one-of-a-kind letterpress posters as you can print!

Please arrive 10–15 minutes early so that we can get started right on time.

Prerequisites

No prior letterpress experience is necessary to participate and all supplies will be provided — just don’t wear your nicest clothes.

Who should take this class?

Anyone who wants to learn how to tell stories and change minds from one of the most influential letterpress artists of our time.

About the Instructor

Amos P. Kennedy, Jr.
Detroit, MI
Amos Kennedy, Jr. was a successful computer programmer for AT&T when he saw a printing press at colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and stopped in his tracks. At age 40, he decided that his corporate life was over. He had found his calling, he says, as a printer and provocateur. He now runs a highly regarded letterpress poster shop in Detroit, Michigan (Kennedy Prints), and is a vibrant example of the revival of handmade crafts. Amos is unafraid of asking uncomfortable questions about race and artistic pretension. His trademark blue overalls (with a pink dress shirt) are meant to reaffirm his self-described identity as “a humble Negro printer.” This is more than a bit disingenuous, but Mr. Kennedy, thankfully, likes to provoke.