Typesetting & Cognitive Writing with Sam Amico

December 5th & 6th, Saturday & Sunday, 2:00-6:00 p.m

 

In this 2 day weekend class, students will manipulate type and create graphics, transfer it to the letterpress, mix ink and turn the press by hand, and see their hand printed result.  

Make handmade letterpress prints for heartfelt holiday gifts!

Contained within the process of committing words to print, there is a necessary function to make final choices with the text. Choices of specific words, punctuation, and if poetry; where to break the line. Handling individual letters that comprise words puts the writer in a meditative mindset that can link brain activity to free association, and direct transmission of the "voice" in a wholly unique way.

Through this introductory class in setting type and the resulting printing choices regarding moveable type, I hope that students can develop their writing into a physical manifestation of their deepest thoughts. There is a long running tradition of the Poet & Printer from Blake to William Everson. This course will point the student to selected readings by these artists who make internal thoughts into visible objects. 

 

 A demonstration of the myriad of ways Samuel Amico has constructed his prints at Middlearth Editions. Experimentation with forms, Sam states, affects cognitive thinking in a dramatic way.

A demonstration of the myriad of ways Samuel Amico has constructed his prints at Middlearth Editions. Experimentation with forms, Sam states, affects cognitive thinking in a dramatic way.

 

Samuel Amico attended the University of the Arts & received a BFA in Painting. He then received a Certificate of 5th year studied from the UCSC Cowell Press. Sam has been Letterpress Printing since 1982 in Private Press at Middlearth Editions located in Santa Cruz, California. He has been self employed since 1970 in retail bookselling & small press publishing / Middle Earth Books in Philadelphia, as well as Zanzam Sufi Books in Santa Cruz, & Niche of Light as an online bookseller.