MAKE a DENT
Instructor Ben Blount
Sunday August 26, 2018
10 AM to 4 PM
JCBA Letterpress Studio at FAU’s Wimberly Library
Class limit: 8
Since the early 16th century the printing press has been used to share important information with the public. From announcements and warnings to propaganda and praise, the power of the press has been used for centuries to tell important stories. Author and literary icon Studs Turkel said the purpose of life is “To make a dent.” In this workshop, we’ll work with wood type to create posters with bite. We will make a literal and figurative impression (without damaging the type) by printing bold messages on paper. Do you have something important to say? Come to this workshop and put it down on paper.
General Public: $135
FAU Faculty & Staff, Students from other Institutions: $125
FAU Students: $115
Advance registration is required for all JCBA workshops. To register, email JCBA Director John Cutrone. Sending your email will begin the registration process.
DOROTHY HAMILTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
One seat in this workshop is available to an FAU student for just the cost of materials ($35) thanks to funds raised in memory of Dorothy Hamilton, who loved JCBA’s monthly Real Mail Fridays letter writing socials. To be considered for this seat, you must be a current FAU student and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining what it would mean to you to have the opportunity to take this workshop. Applications for this opportunity will be accepted through August 8, 2018.
Ben Blount was born and raised in Detroit. He is a designer and letterpress printer that loves type and putting ink on paper. Sometimes he turns what he prints into books. His work explores questions of race and identity and the stories we tell ourselves about living in America. Truth tellers and rabble rousers in all areas of popular culture inspire his work—from Dave Chapelle and Kara Walker to Mos Def and Amos Kennedy. He learned a lot about design at Washington University in St. Louis, a lot about printing at Columbia College Chicago, and filled in the gaps with mentors and practice.