Event | Lectures and Symposia Hiccups, Trip-ups and Total Disasters: Thoughts on Making Books

Date and Location

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Type designer and printer Russell Maret is widely known for his elaborately printed fine press books and artist's books. Meret recently completed a new work entitled, Character Traits.The book consists of three parts: a bound essay with a section of notes on the plates; a portfolio of unbound plates; and a small volume of color studies cut in linoleum. The plates are short texts by various authors, set in alphabets that are either impossible to produce in metal type, or so impractical that they would never have been produced in metal. The purpose of these limitations is to explore digitally native letterforms free from the limitations of typographic technology.

Maret will discuss the three parts of his latest work. 

Contact: 202.707.2448.


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    Russell Maret began studying letterpress printing in 1989 in San Francisco. Initially studying with Peter Koch, he went on to be resident printer at the Press in Tuscany Alley, and to continue his studies at Firefly Press in Somerville, Massachuset.ts where he worked as a Monotype and Linotype compositor, as well as a pressman. He returned to New York in 1993, and began printing and bookbinding at the Center for Book Arts where he was Artist-in-Residence in 1996. In 1999 he set up his own studio