The Itinerant Printer

Chris Fritton


Objects + Methods Lecture Series

Thursday Feb 25 2016

5:30 pm

Pollak 321

Chris Fritton

The Itinerant Printer Project

The history of itinerant printers is centuries old, dating back to the very first Apprentices who left the care of a Master Printer’s shop to become Journeymen. While visiting and working in other printshops, Journeymen would learn tricks and tips, along with different perspectives on printing. This accumulated knowledge was a key part of their growth as an artisan and craftsman, and after a number of years, these Journeymen would settle in different regions and begin their own printshops, completing their peregrination (literally and figuratively) from Apprentice to Master.

The Itinerant Printer will visit letterpress printshops across America throughout 2015—2016, producing unique prints at each venue culled from their idiosyncratic collections of wood type, metal type, cuts, ornaments, and polymer plates. It is also about reviving that sense of adventure in printing, along with the analog sharing of information. It’s about going out into the world, seeking work based on your skill set, making something with your hands, and delivering that object to someone. It’s about an exchange of ideas, of techniques, of information, of style, and of the consummation of all those things: prints.