If you’re arriving early and want to dig in to what hands-on Chicago has to offer, there are a number of exciting opportunities to consider! We’ve developed a fantastic line up of open houses and workshops that are optional, open to all and may require an RSVP or additional fee.
Registration is open; if you have already registered for the Goose, please contact Jen if you want to add a workshop. If you have not registered, please do so asap and mark on the form which event you’d like to attend. We will do our best to accommodate all requests on a first come, first served basis.
Open House at The Platen Press Museum, Zion, Illinois
hosted by Paul Aken
Tours, demonstrations and hands on projects that involve casting and printing. Make your own souvenir poster! Enjoy Paul’s substantial collection of presses, type, books, toys and related print ephemera at your leisure between 10am – 3pm (there is no set demonstration schedule and you can come and go as you please). The Museum is approximately one hour north of the city and is accessible by car and commuter (Metra) rail (stop is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Museum). Metra has limited stops in Zion, but you can stop at Waukegan and call for a cab (about a 10-15 minute drive). You may also be able to arrange for a ride share; if there is enough interest we can assist in connecting you with people that are able to drive.
10am – 3pm
Free, requires RSVP
Visit The Newberry Library
curated pieces on view by Paul F. Gehl
Paul F. Gehl, longtime curator of printing history at the Newberry Library, will show and discuss documents and printed matter illustrating the history of printing and bookmaking in Chicago. They will include rare pre-Chicago Fire imprints; type specimens of all periods; and outstanding examples of Chicago design.
Participants may continue their visit with a tour of the Newberry building and a visit to two printing-related exhibits.
2 – 3pm, Free, requires registration, limit 20 guests
tour is open to all and begins at 3pm
Workshops at Columbia College Center for Book & Paper Arts
Columbia will host two separate workshops. You may choose one or both; if doing both, please bring a lunch.
Take a Dip: Making Paper for Printing. Participants will learn the basics of papermaking and pull their own sheets of paper. Please bring boots or waterproof shoes. Led by Kelly Schmidt.
11am – 2pm, limited to 8 participants
$25 to cover materials
In Rare Form: Specimen Printing from the CBPA Special Collections. Participants will learn about the CBPA special collections and pull specimen sheets using metal and wood type and cuts. Led by Heather Buechler.
2pm – 5pm, limited to 8 participants
$25 to cover materials
Workshop at The School of The Art Institute
hosted by Cathie Ruggie-Saunders
Want to explore some simple binding structures to showcase your beautiful letterpress printing? Come join us in the SAIC Letterpress Studio, on the top floor of the historic Sharp building in the Loop. You will have the opportunity to create five blank book formats, which might include a Japanese side stitch, pamphlet stitch, flag book, wrap-around cover accordion with ribbon closure, and a hard cover pamphlet stitch with removable spine.
Demonstrations, printed hand-outs, and one-on-one guidance will be provided by SAIC Letterpress instructors, students and alumni. Printed student examples from the Type Shop collection will also be on view for further inspiration!
1pm – 4pm, limited to 8 participants
$15 to cover materials
FULL sorry! Workshop at Tandem Felix Letterpress
hosted by Elizabeth Isakson-Dado
Go Big or Go Home! Join us at Tandem Felix Letterpress, and print a set of large, 26 x 40 posters. We’ll cut stencils by hand and pressure print a background layer, then lock up a quote with oversized wood type on our custom built chase. Each person will take home a set of 3 vintage inspired prints on your choice of paper!
11pm – 4pm, there are lunch options available in the area
$60, limited to 8 participants