Julia Ferrari, of Golgonooza Letter Foundry and Press, with a printer’s letter drawers and a book of artwork and prose printed and bound at the foundry. Credit: Julia Ferrari

Printmaking, Printing History and Historic Brattleboro Workshop with Bookmaker Julia Ferrari

Sunday September 29, 10AM – 2PM at the River Gallery School’s Main Street Studio

36 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301

In a special offering from River Gallery School and the Brattleboro Words Project, Julia Ferrari, Co-Founder and Operator of Golganooza Letter Foundry and Press, will lead a workshop on Printmaking, Printing History and Historic Brattleboro on Sunday September 29, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm at the River Gallery School’s Main Street Studio, 36 Main Street, Brattleboro, VT 05301.

Using historic and modern printing techniques, students will build images that explore Brattleboro’s buildings and special connections to printing history. Students will make images both to take home and be displayed as part of the Brattleboro Words Project’s final exhibition in 2020. There will be Xerox copies of historic Brattleboro buildings available for use in prints, but students are encouraged to also bring their own favorite historical photos from the Brattleboro Historical Society at https://brattleborohistoricalsociety.org/photos/. Admission to the workshop is $60 and FREE for a limited number of Middle/High School students. To pre-register, please email office@rivergalleryschool.org or online at www.rivergalleryschool.org.

Ferrari’s workshop brings a hands-on, participatory dimension to the Words Project’s ongoing efforts to trace and share Brattleboro’s history as a center of book printing and publishing. For well over 100 years, Brattleboro was nationally recognized as a “print town,” a community driven by the same techniques Ferrari teaches. As part of the Words Project, this history will be retold in a book written by twelve local authors. Brattleboro: A Print Town will detail over two centuries of local printing and publishing history, from pre-Columbian Indigenous communication methods through the boom decades of letterpress and into the digital modern era. Students of Ferrari’s printmaking workshop will be able to see, touch, and creatively explore that history for themselves while learning skills that carry on our local legacy.

Julia Ferrari—artist, poet, and letterpress printer—has been making handmade books for the past 30 years. Her work can be found in the Special Collections libraries of Harvard, Yale, and Stamford University, as well as at Smith and Dartmouth College, among others. She is the proprietor of Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press, Ashuelot, New Hampshire.