The “Moveable Type” Roadshow is Taking Letterpress Printing to the Streets

Letterpress printer and founder of Power and Light Press, Kyle Durrie, has combined her love for printing and road trips in a cross-country letterpress printing show called Moveable Type.

Durrie converted a 1982 Chevy van into a fully-functional letterpress print shop, with “cabinets, a workspace, a sign press from the mid 20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press” and has been traveling across the United States since June, stopping at farmer’s markets, art shows, design schools and other events to share the art and craft of letterpress printing.

“I’ll spend the next nine or so months driving all over North America, teaching workshops, doing demos, and generally spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way,” she says on the Moveable Type site.

Durrie earned funds for the letterpress roadshow on Kickstarter, where her proposal to launch the mobile letterpress printing tour earned her $17,000– more than double what she had intended to raise. If you want to learn how to make your own letterpress poster, card or design, check out the rest of Durrie’s story and the remaining Moveable Type tour dates at this link.

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(Above, from top): The Moveable Type Truck, progression of the refurbished truck interior, Kyle Durrie inside the mobile printing truck. Photos by Derek Fagerstrom.

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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