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Block Print Workshop with Prof. Dr. Karl R. Schaefer

Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg
4 - 5 April 2017


Matrices for creating multiple copies of block printed texts are carved by hand. Since the alphabetic characters which the printing blocks bear are also created by hand, there is arguably a close connection between the processes of writing and xylographic printing. The object of this workshop is to provide “hands on” experience with the block printing process. By participating, it is hoped that attendees will come to a better understanding of the technical and artistic challenges and problems involved in block printing, and the relationship of printing to manuscript texts.
The object of the session will be for each attendee to create a printing block. Using a language that each individual is interested in and comfortable with, each person will design a single letter or a brief line of text. Then, participants will carve their text into a wood block and print the result. A discussion focused on individual experiences and observations will follow. Tools and materials will be provided.


Tuesday & Wednesday, 10-12 am


The workshop will be held at the Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Warburgstraße 26, Hamburg, Germany. How to find us


Participation is free of charge and vistors are welcome.

You may find the Hamburg Tourismus site useful for finding a suitable accommodation.
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