Want to experience the nexus between the past and future of printing technology? Then attend the LA Printers Fair at the International Printing Museum in Carson on October 3. Billed as a “Celebration of Letterpress, Book Arts & Paper“ it is by far the largest letterpress event in the West!
Throughout the day there will be working tours in the Printing Museum galleries, the largest public collection of antique printing presses in the country. Guests will be able to create an almanac on Franklin’s colonial press, print a bible page on the Gutenberg Press of 1450, or even see the first edition of the 1881 Los Angeles Daily Times roll off of a 19th century newspaper press.
Every year visitors line up at the amazing Linotype Machine to have their name cast in metal on the wonderful machine dubbed by Thomas Edison as “the eighth wonder of the world.”
A favorite stop for guests is the many book arts stations where they can print their own letterpress keepsakes on a variety of original 19th century presses. Other demonstrations throughout the day will include the rare art of stationary engraving, papermaking by hand, even a chance to screen print your own shirt.
With more than 80 vendors and nearly 1,500 in attendance, the Printers Fair brings together the creative worlds of letterpress printing, graphic arts, printmaking and paper. One such featured vendor is Typecraft Lithography who is a green commercial printer serving LA’s design, educational, entertainment, and fine arts communities since 1907.
Los Angeles Printers Fair Admission
The Los Angeles Printers Fair is from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, October 3rd; admission is only $10 per person and $5 for children under 12.
The Printing Museum is located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson.
For information on the Los Angeles Printers Fair, including advance tickets, please visit the Printing Museum’s website at www.printmuseum.org or call 310-515-7166.
Happy Field Tripping!
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. All points of view and opinions are my own.