Daredevil Typesetting with Jessica Spring


Class will be held at Baskerville.3000 Royal St, New Orleans, Louisiana 70117

Step outside linear typesetting, and work with letterpress printer Jessica Spring, of Springtide Press! Students will focus on typesetting and printing techniques that move beyond straight lines and right angles. We’ll look at traditional methods of employing circular and angle quads as well as tools adapted from art supply and hardware stores for manipulating type. We’ll also experiment with Daredevil Furniture, sets of laser cut furniture designed to compose type in circles, curves and angles. Some prior printing experience is helpful but not required as students create an experimental typographic sampler.



$110, 8 participants max
Email jessica@thesouthernletterpress.com to register.

Proprietor Jessica Spring started setting cold type on a Compugraphic Editwriter 7300 phototypesetting machine (a huge console with a big green screen) in 1982 beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. Her most recent project, with Chandler O’Leary, is their book Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color published by Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.