Q. What can I make in the Common Press?
Common Press is a makerspace for letterpress printing and bookmaking technologies, featuring presses dating from 1850 to 1963 and 400 drawers of metal and wood type. You can create handmade posters, prints, chapbooks, poetry broadsides, art books, and cards. We print from our collection of wood and metal type, plates produced from digital files, laser cut and CNC routed materials, paper collages, or hand carved blocks. The Press welcomes experimentation, combining digital and analog methods, and offers students the opportunity for hands-on creativity. We also offer workshops in book making. The first step in using the Press is to sign up for a workshop or training on the Press calendar. Common Press is a collaboration of Penn Libraries, Kelly Writers House, and the Weitzman School of Design.