I recently travelled to the USA and as fate would have it, I was fortunate enough to be in Los Angeles for the annual printers fair at the International Printing Museum.
To quote a few bullet points from the Print Museums website, the printing fair includes the following:
- Letterpress “Swap Meet:” Don’t miss your chance to buy antique letterpress equipment and everything you need for your own print shop. Type-lovers, graphic designers, artists, printers and members of the public are welcome to ogle over hundreds of cases of type and thousands of pounds of equipment and presses.
- General Gallery Tours – experience 500 years of printing history as our knowledgeable docents guide you through our collection. Letterpress demonstrations on various presses will be on-going throughout the day.
- Type casting and Printing demonstrations on the Museum’s collection of presses will be conducted throughout the day.
- “The 40’s Shop” – Travel back in time to experience a 40’s era working print shop. See Windmills, Ludlows, Linotypes, platen presses, proofing presses, a Miehle Vertical and our vast collection of wood and lead type. See slugs cast on our working Linotype operated by Luis Garcia.
- Purchase beautiful letterpress-printed pieces, artist books, gorgeous handmade and commercial paper/envelopes and more from over 50 Vendors.
- A giant Show & Tell wall! Post your prints, posters, design samples, business cards, typography and more.
In no particular order, here are some photos from this years fair.
Hand ink rollers and press. (Above 3 photos.)
Hand lithography on stone and plate. (Above 4 photos.)
Need a Heidelberg windmill? Pick one up here…
$10 for a quality t-shirt, your choice of screen printing for free.
My favourite, split fountain printing. Here I am concentrating furiously on not mucking it up…
Another fan of split fountain printing. Never a moment when this was unoccupied, obviously a favourite for others too.
More information on future fairs can be found on the Printing Museums website. If you get the chance, I highly recommend visiting a future fair.