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Bowne Printers 2016 Workshops

February 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - August 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

South Street Seaport Museum
Bowne Printers 2016 Workshops

The South Street Seaport Museum announces the Bowne Printers 2016 Workshops. Workshops in Custom Stationery, Fresh Prints, and Woodtype will be offered monthly beginning March 5th, 2016 Workshops are open to participants ages 12 and up. Printing Workshops at Bowne Printers create contemporary artisanal projects using the traditional methods and historic presses that once documented marine trade. For more information visit https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/education/bowne-printers-workshops/, call (646)-628-2707 or email bowneprinters@seany.org.

2016 Workshop Details:
Custom Stationery
1pm-4pm on 3/5, 4/2, 5/7, 6/7, 7/2, & 8/6
This three-hour workshop introduces participants to typesetting and letterpress printing of small runs of custom work. Students choose from a selection of the Museum’s vintage lead type to design their own personalized stationery. Our team of printers guide the participants through the process of setting type, proofing on our Vandercook cylinder press, fine-tuning designs, and printing a final run on our 19th century tabletop platen press. Participants learn how to operate the presses themselves, and each person goes home with twenty personal stationery items. Tickets are $75 each – and make a great gift!

Fresh Prints
7pm-9pm on 2/25, 3/31, 4/28, 5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25
Bowne Printers is pleased to announce that we are now open late the last Thursday of each month for Fresh Prints, a printing party that showcases multiple presses in the collection. For each event, our team of designers and printers launches a series of limited edition cards and prints that are on press all evening. Attendees have the opportunity to pull prints of their own and learn about the traditional craft of letterpresses. Admission is $10 ($8 for Museum Members), and visitors go home with a package of all three prints pulled live that night.

12noon-4pm on 2/21, 3/23
In this 4-hour workshop participants will design and print a broadside poster from moveable wood type. Bowne Printers will curate a sampling of wood type from the Museum’s collection of over 100 fonts. After a brief introduction to the history and process of printing from handset type, students will have the chance to select type and spell out a word or phrase that fits into a specific line length. Rotating monthly, each member of Bowne Printers will lead the wood type workshop to coincide thematically with their own personal practice. Check back to see the specifics of each upcoming workshop.

Carrying on the age-old tradition of job printing (small batch printing), South Street Seaport Museum is home to Bowne & Co. Stationers, New York’s oldest operating business under the same name. Bowne & Co. was established by Robert Bowne in 1775, and grew as a financial printer throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. In 1975 Bowne & Co. Inc. partnered with South Street Seaport Museum to open a 19th-century-style print shop at 211 Water Street in the historic Seaport district.

In its current incarnation, Bowne & Co. Stationers enchants visitors by enabling them to experience the traditional craft of 19th century letterpress printing in a charmingly atmospheric shop. Visitors can see the 19th century letterpresses from our collection, buy exquisite cards hand-printed in the shop, and chat with artist and master printer Robert Warner about his techniques. Bowne & Co. presents visitors with the unique opportunity to step into another era.

Bowne & Co. Printers is also available as a distinctive venue for book launches and other special events. All proceeds from sales, donations, and special events benefit the exhibits and programs of the South Street Seaport Museum. For more information on renting our spaces visit https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org/about/host-an-event..

South Street Seaport Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located in the heart of the historic South Street Seaport district in New York City. Founded in 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses galleries and performance spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”



February 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
August 25, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
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Bowne Printers at the South Street Seaport Museum
211 Water St.
New York, New York 1001910038

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