Story posted September 23, 2011
Kyle Durrie '02, proprietor of the Portland, Oregon, letterpress studio Power and Lights Press, will give a talk titled "Moveable Type: Cross-Country Adventures in Printing" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2011, in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. The talk is open to the public free of charge.
Moveable type is the system of printing that literally uses moveable pieces of type—individual letters, numbers, characters—to reproduce the elements of a document. Invented in China but popularized by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, moveable type was like the Internet for the 15th century, allowing widespread reproduction of printed materials like books, announcements, and advertising.
In Kyle Durrie's instance, however, Moveable Type is a fully functional letterpress print shop built into the back of a converted 1982 Chevy step van. Durrie is in the midst of a nine-plus-month cross-country adventure, driving from town to town and spreading the good word about printing the old-fashioned way.
She is teaching workshops and doing printing demos at farmers markets, universities, grade schools, community centers, parties, and just about anywhere else that has an interest in learning about printing.
Kyle Durrie attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has recently been a resident at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum in Wisconsin.
For more information contact the Department of Art, 725-3697.