The Arts Center has a new “tool” in its arsenal of art-making equipment. I say new but in actuality it is vintage–a original Heidelberg Platen (the “Windmill”) Letterpress. In its day it was revolutionary, automating sheet feed and delivery. The beauty of the press’s productions comes in the form of its crisper impression into the paper, giving greater visual definition to the type and artwork. Letter-pressed invitations, posters, labels and artwork are increasingly sought these days as elegant and sophisticated alternatives to mass-produced printed materials.
The future of handmade is not simply about an aesthetic or a set of tools or practices, then, but a system of beliefs, or an ethic about ways of working that upholds quality, craftsmanship and innovation. The handmade in design is bound up with wider cultural changes relating to consumption.
The rise in book arts, all things vintage and handmade makes The Arts Center’s new press a wonderful addition. Installed in the basement of the Hansen Arts Studio its ready to make its first print. To help educate staff and those interested Todd Thyberg of Angel Bomb, a full-service design and letterpress studio located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis will demonstrate print-making with the Heidelberg. Several of the activities are open to the public and visitors are welcome to come and see the press in action and receive a freshly printed souvenir.
- October 2nd and 3rd at 1:00 pm open to the public,
- $ No Charge
- Want in-depth knowledge? Attend the training on October 4th and 5th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Please call 701-251-2496 if you wish to participate.
A Grand Opening event will occur this winter once the press is fully operational and several trained technicians are in-place. After that, look for new classes and programs to occur.