Published: 01/14/2020 13:19:42

Modified: 01/14/2020 13:18:54

A free letterpress printmaking demonstration and workshop with Goffstown printmaker and artist Josh Dannin is planned for this Saturday at the Dublin Public Library.

Dannin teaches printmaking, typography and design at Saint Anselm College and the Institute of Art and Design at New England College. He will bring his antique printing press to the library to discuss its traditional role in printing and bookmaking, as well as its resurgence today as an artist’s tool in the production of fine art prints and limited edition books.

This hands-on typography demonstration invites participants to experiment with typography using antique wooden type to produce bold letterpress impressions. Participants will have access to hundreds of wooden letter pieces, some of which are up to five inches high and many of which are over a hundred years old. Participants will discover the history of this tactile printing process, learn the basics of typesetting, inking and printing, and collaborate in the production of an edition of letterpress printing on an antique proofing press .

Dannin’s printed and bound works have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He runs Directangle Press, a typography and risography studio in Goffstown specializing in printing, publishing and community workshops. He co-edits Power Washer Zine: a semi-annual publication on screen printing that asks soft questions and reflects.

The event is organized by the Friends of the Dublin Public Library and runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Space is limited. RSVP to Kimberly at [email protected] to reserve a spot, or for more information.

Dannin is also set to host a LEGO/Letterpress workshop on February 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MAxT Makerspace in Peterborough, and a zine workshop at the Dublin Public Library on Saturday March 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information and to register for these events, visit the MAxT Makerspace Events website at:

Dublin Public Library board member Kimberly Kersey-Asbury described the events as a “fun series of truly unique art workshops”.