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Portland, Me
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Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. 

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Continuing Studies Classes at the Maine College of Art

Crystal Cawley

I started teaching in the Continuing Studies (CS) program at the Maine College of Art in 2017. CS classes are inspiring and satisfying because students are all ages, and bring different life and work experiences to share and put into what they make. I’m offering a new class this spring called Letterpress Adventures, in which we’ll explore the creative possibilities of using letters and numbers to make rich, layered patterns — details below.

Lead type set for printing

Lead type set for printing

Filter  , letterpress and linoleum cut on paper. The pink letters in the background were printed from the metal type shown above.

Filter, letterpress and linoleum cut on paper. The pink letters in the background were printed from the metal type shown above.

Letterpress Adventures: Printing Type for Pattern and Image

Saturday and Sunday, March 23 & 24, 9 am to 4 pm, $260

Letters — they're not just for pages of readable text. Now that letterpress printing is (mostly) obsolete as a commercial printing venture, artists have been acquiring the type and presses and adapting them for their purposes. One of the exciting ways to use type is in creating pattern, texture, and images. We will play with wood and lead type and transparent ink colors to print patterned papers and images composed from letters, numbers, and other typographic elements. 

If you're interested in the Letterpress Adventures class, click here to go to MECA’s Continuing Studies page for more information and to register. 

Detail of   Lamellar Apron  , letterpress on shirt board, yarn lacing, and rickrack

Detail of Lamellar Apron, letterpress on shirt board, yarn lacing, and rickrack