Moveable Type 2011

Cross-country adventures in printing!

At the Sebastopol Farmers’ Market ~ July 10, 2011 ~ Letterpress printing demos, studio/truck tours, and tall tales about life on the road. This event was free and open to the public, and participants were invited to get their hands dirty and make a few prints to take home with them.

Moveable Type came to Sebastopol from Portland’s Power and Light Press! As part of Kyle Durrie’s tour around the US, she stopped at Bibliophoria to “share the good word about printing the old-fashioned way.”

Kyle Durie in her Moveable Type van

About the project from Kyle:

Moveable Type is a mobile print shop built into the back of an old delivery truck. Within these tight quarters, Kyle has created an efficient and fully functional shop, with a small table top press for printing smaller work, and a larger proof press, capable of printing larger posters.

She’s on a 9+ month tour all over the country, and into Canada, too. She’s visiting schools, art spaces, city parks, music festivals, craft shows, parties, and anywhere else that has an interest in learning about printing the old fashioned way.

Kyle says, “I find printing to be such an empowering action, and it’s also just really fun to do. I want to share it with other people. And letterpress printing, specifically, has so much history and tradition behind it. I think it’s a really powerful contrast to today’s computerized world, and can actually serve as a useful tool to better understand that world.

“I also just love to travel, to experience this enormous country of ours. To pull into a new town, walk around, and see how other people live, learn about the things that are important to them. I’m looking forward to being inspired by the places this project will take me, and the people I will meet.”

Printing in the Moveable Type van

Kyle Durrie is the proprietor of Power and Light Press, and has been letterpress printing since 2006. She got her start through classes at the Independent Publishing Resource Center (Portland, OR) and Pratt Art
Center (Seattle, WA), as well as through independent study and apprenticeships at Blue Barnhouse (Asheville, NC) and Wolfe Editions (Portland, ME).

Kyle received her BA in 2002 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a focus in drawing and printmaking and, in 2004, attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She has also done residencies at the Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), the Contemporary Artists Center (North Adams, MA), and the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum (Two Rivers, WI). Power and Light Press is based out of Portland, Oregon.


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