The UT Letterpress Studio is a joint project of the Printmaking and Graphic Design programs at UT. The studio provides tutorials in letterpress printing to both graduate and undergraduate students at the university, and over the past five years has made it possible for students in studio art, graphic design, architecture, creative writing and other disciplines to work on books and broadsides created through letterpress. Additionally, the facility has been used as a resource and teaching tool for a variety of classes at the university.
The Printmaking and Graphic Design programs in the UT School of Art include a letterpress studio for creative research, collaborative projects and instruction. The facility is also available for presentations and class projects by prior arrangement. In the past classes and students in art, architecture and creative writing have worked in the studio. The studio is located in room 335A of the Art and Architecture Building with new access from the main hallway.
You must attend a tutorial to have access to the shop to work on your own projects. When working in the shop you will need to bring: vinyl or latex gloves, apron, paper cut to size, small notebook or sketchbook and a pencil.
“In Fall 2013, as a senior Creative Writing major at UT, I learned how to use movable type, a composing stick, and a flatbed letterpress to adapt selected works from my poetry manuscript to broadsides. Working in UT’s Letterpress Studio provided me with the opportunity to fully explore the poem as an art object and understand letters as material things with sculptural forms. It was this physical process of printing, the heightened awareness of the interaction between body and poem, which led me to pursue my Master’s degree in Book Art and Creative Writing at Mills College.” – Shiloh Jones
Spring 2017 hours
Mondays: 3:30pm to 7pm
Wednesdays: 3:30pm to 9pm
Thursdays: 12pm to 3pm
The 2016-2017 Letterpress Technicians are Elysia Mann and Alex McKenzie. For more information, or to schedule a class demonstration, please email either or both of them, if you plan to include a letterpress project for your course, with the dates for the project, as well as when your class meets. We will make sure to offer additional open hours for your students!