Type@Cooper - RUSTIC BRIDE MUN: Wm. H. Page’s Extraordinary Technicolor Typography 

RUSTIC BRIDE MUN: Wm. H. Page’s Extraordinary Technicolor Typography 


with Dikko Faust and Esther K. Smith




Mon., Nov. 13 – Mon., Nov. 13, 2017
6:30PM – 8:30PM
location: Rose Auditorium

Dikko Faust and Esther K Smith will talk about Page, their own experience printing and designing with chromatic wood type, and the 21st century letterpress and wood type resurgence--including new technologies.

William H Page manufactured the largest and most ornate wood types in his Connecticut company and distributed his type all over the world--throughout the US, Europe, Asia--and even Burma. Page published Specimens of CHROMATIC WOOD TYPE Borders &C in 1874 to promote his business. He used inks made by HD Wade & Co which was located in Lower Manhattan. The book's brilliant colors show how vivid things were in the late 19th Century. Clothing faded, buildings were repainted--but protected from sun and dust inside the book, these colors retained their intensity. Specimens text is found poetry which has been compared to Gertrude Stein.




Lecturer: Dikko Faust

RUSTIC BRIDE MUN: Wm. H. Page’s Extraordinary Technicolor Typography 
Dikko Faust founded Purgatory Pie Press, one of the longest running artist/presses. Purgatory Pie Press limited editions are in public and private collections worldwide including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Cooper Hewitt, and London's V&A and Tate Modern. Dikko had taught letterpress and run the letterpress shop at Cooper and now teaches at School of Visual Arts where he was instrumental in setting up their type shop.

Lecturer: Esther K. Smith

RUSTIC BRIDE MUN: Wm. H. Page’s Extraordinary Technicolor Typography 
Esther K Smith editor and designer of Rizzoli's 2017 reprint of Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type Borders &c, wrote and co-designed HOW to MAKE BOOKS and several other book arts books. Artistic Director at Purgatory Pie Press, she makes limited editions and artist books with Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. Esther had taught the long running artist books classes at Cooper Union and now teaches Experimental Book at SUNY Purchase.



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