Letterpress at CC: Time to Get Your Hands Dirty

If you didn't see the Winter 2018 issue of the Bulletin (for CC alumni, parents and friends), you missed reading about the Letterpress at CC.

"This Press has always depended on the kindness and devotion of students who want to help make books. What better environment is there for a student in a liberal arts college? What more encourages a range of inquiry, teaches crafts which ask the mind to work to the limits of the hand and eye, demonstrates the intersection of disciplines, the flights and vagaries of process, the focus of affection and all kinds of gratifications?"
- Jim Trissel, professor of art and founder of The Press at Colorado College

What follows is a bit of the history of starting the press here on campus and it's reach beyond Colorado Springs through additions to collections including Yale and Harvard Universities, Chicago's Newberry Library, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and even a book produced on commission from the Arts for Nature Trust of England as a 75th birthday gift for Prince Phillip.

Current printer Aaron Cohick has rebuild the curriculum and publication program re-introducing the teaching of letterpress. In addition to working with classes, he sees The Press as a place of respite or refuge amid the frenzy called the block plan. The Press has become a place to work on activism-related projects too.

For books in the collection, use the author search in the TIGER catalog of Press at Colorado College. Visit the Press at CC for information about the Press. Look here to view some of the work at The Press at Colorado College. You can also view posters from the Press currently on display in the library so take a walk around.

Here's a link to the full article Time to Get Your Hands Dirty by Jennifer Kulier.

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