Work by InterArts Book and Paper MFA Included in New Letterpress Handbook

Two of Jackie McGill’s artists’ books, Black Friday and A Year In Status will be featured in a new publication entitled For the Love of Letterpress: A Printing Handbook, authored by Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis. The publisher, Bloomsbury, of which A&C Black is an imprint, will release For the Love of Letterpress in both the UK (August 15) and the U.S. (October 13).

The authors, both faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, intend their new book to cover everything one needs to know to create beautiful work. They cover technology, the history of type and the printed page, fundamentals of measurement, letterpress and printing terminology, and the lay of the case. Using examples of contemporary work by McGill and others, the authors show how contemporary digital processes are highly compatible with letterpress, and have expanded its boundaries going forward into the twenty-first century.

The photographs of McGill’s pieces that will be used in the book were done by another InterArts Book and MFA alumnus, Stephen DeSantis. 

“We received over 2,000 wonderful images of letterpress printing, and had a difficult time choosing which ones would fit within the context of the book, says co-author Martha Chiplis. “In the end, the book features 200 images and 162 pages—a small book indeed when you consider the amount of information and the number of people practicing letterpress today.”

for more information on the book and Bloomsbury Publishers, click here.

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