Letterpress Goes 3D!
Beginning in Spring 2020, Letterpress Goes 3D! will bring together a team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates to investigate intersections between the historical technologies of the letterpress studio and contemporary 3D printing/laser cutting. This project blends research in applied book history, digital humanities, design, and public humanities with creative explorations in book arts. We will develop and produce a set of models for both research and use in the Huskiana studio: e.g. moveable type, printing plates, and image blocks that will be incorporated into printing projects. These models would include reverse-engineered historical artifacts, such as printing plates for which originals no longer exist, but also modern models that would have been impossible during the letterpress era, such as moveable type using contemporary fonts designed for readers with dyslexia.
Supported by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities Multi-generational Research Teams Pilot Program.
Ecologies of Acknowledgment
CAMD Professor Sarah Kanouse worked in the press to create part of this project, which asks: How do you write a land acknowledgement that goes beyond recognizing Native territory to accept the relationships and responsibilities that come with living on occupied land? Deer Island in the Boston Harbor—once concentration camp, now home of the city’s wastewater treatment plant—functions a crucible for eco-political relationships connecting past, present, and future.
The three women interviewed for this film are of Nipmuc, Massachusett, and Natick Nipmuc origin. In not identifying themselves by name, they seek to elevate the collective experience of their peoples, rather than their individual voices. Professor Kanouse’s print project is discussed and shown throughout the video.