From August 21st through 25th, the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA) will be holding their annual TypeCon conference in Portland, Oregion. The C.C. Stern Type Foundry crew will be there, giving presentations and hosting a special open house event at the Museum on Sunday, August 25 from 1:00-5:00pm.
On Friday, our Founding Angel, Jules Remedios Faye, will present Chris Stern, Printer: From Phototype to Letterpress with John Berry. A presentation of the work of seminal Northwest printer and typographer C. Christoper Stern (for whom the C.C. Stern Foundry is named). Chris Stern was a uniquely talented artist and craftsman, fiercely ambitious for excellence. Before his death in 2006, he was in the middle of writing and casting a “typographic manifesto” to explore his fascination with sans serif type in hand-printed books and broadsides. The artifacts that would have gone into that manifesto exist, and have for the most part never been seen. Jules and John will show many of them and weave through them the narrative of Chris’s evolution: from hardworking phototypesetter at a Seattle job shop to renowned letterpress printer, who never felt constrained by the boundaries or expectations of technology old or new.
On Saturday, our board chair, Jeff Shay, will present, Why Metal Typography Matters in the 21st Century. His premise: It is 2013 and the maker movement continues to thrive. For makers and their communities and consumers, the appeal of letterpress printing — slow, tactile, personal — is clear. When done at human speed and human scale, type design and use can seem more real. Still, apart from debates over punching or kissing, most letterpress designers and printers interaction with type happens primarily at the two dimensional surface of the screen. This is one of the reasons the process of casting and using metal type — of making type in three dimensions — has much to offer the typographic aficionado.
To hear the presentations, register for the conference.
The open house on Sunday is open to the public. Suggested admission is $5.00.