Chris Fritton will be visiting the Department of Art & Art History next week, Wednesday, February 6.
Please join us for a presentation at 12:30 PM in Gallery 130 and a letterpress demonstration at 2:30 PM.
The Itinerant Printer visited letterpress print shops across America throughout 2015-2017, producing unique prints at each venue culled from their idiosyncratic collections of wood type, metal type, cuts, ornaments, and polymer plates. Those prints were mailed back to followers and supporters of the project as postcards (and care packages) from the road.
The project intended to capture the spirit of the analog revival, send real samples of it into people’s mailboxes, and convey the ethos of the handmade to a broader audience via social media, and as a culmination, resulted in a coffee table book that features photos all of the people, prints, and places from the adventure.
It was also about reviving that sense of adventure in printing, along with the analog sharing of information. It was about going out into the world, seeking work based on your skill set, making something with your hands, and delivering that object to someone. It was about an exchange of ideas, of techniques, of information, of style, and of the consummation of all those things: prints.