Hamilton Wood Type Weekend


On October 11 & 12, AIGA Philadelphia welcomes Bill and Jim Moran from the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum to Philadelphia for hands-on letterpress workshops, exhibitions, and the Old City Festival.


The Saturday workshops provide atendees with the opportunity to work side-by-side with Bill and Jim, making thier own letterpress prints under the guidance of these two iconic members of the letterpress community. The exhibition of the work created at Hamilton will be on display at the AIGA SPACE gallery throughout the month of October, allowing attendees the opportunity to view and purchase a piece of history. On Sunday, Bill and Jim will join members of AIGA Philadelphia and the public at the Old City Fest to showcase and sell their work and take part in a very unique printing experience (with support from NextFab). Pre-registration is required for the workshops.

Hamilton Wood Type Museum
www.woodtype.org | @hamiltonwoodtyp 
The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier collections in the world. In addition, the Museum is home to an amazing array of advertising cuts from the 1930s through the 1970s, and all of the equipment necessary to make wood type and print with it, as well as equipment used in the production of hot metal type, tools of the craft and rare type specimen catalogs. Hamilton Wood Type began producing type in 1880 and within 20 years became the largest provider in the United States. Today, Jim Moran, Stephanie Carpenter and Bill Moran preserve this legacy and host educational demonstrations, field trips, workshops and offer opportunities with this vast wood type collection.


The Hamilton Wood Type weekend would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors



Friday, October 3

First Friday Hamilton Wood Type Museum Exhibition Opening Reception

6 pm – 9 pm
SPACE Gallery (exhibit runs through October 31)

72 North 2nd Street (at Arch Street) AIGA Philly SPACE Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work made by and for Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of letterpress history. The exhibit will run throughtout the month of Ocotober.

Saturday, October 11

Workshop: Hamilton Wood Type Intensive

10 am – 12 pm
Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania

Working closely with Jim and Bill Moran from Hamilton Wood Type, participants will conceptualize, compose and print an edition of original letterpress prints from authentic Hamilton wood type in combination with materials from the Common Press. Workshop includes an introduction to letterpress printing and brief presentation about the influence/legacy of HWT. No letterpress experience needed. All materials will be provided. Every participant takes home at least one signed print of the edition.

Limit: 15 people. Facilities not ADA-accessible.

Register for 10 am Workshop

Workshop: Printing with Hamilton Wood Type

Session A: 1:15 – 3:00 pm
Session B: 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Common Press at the University of Pennsylvania

This workshop will provide you with a hands-on letterpress printing experience with Jim and Bill Moran from Hamilton Wood Type. Various printing methods and machines will be presented, including two Vandercook Proofing Presses and an Iron Hand Press. All materials will be provided. Every participant takes home at least one print. 

Limit: 30 people each session. Facilities not ADA-accessible.

Register for 1:15-3:00 pm Workshop

Register for 3:15-5:00 pm Workshop

All workshops are made possible through a generous donation from Legion Paper of New York.


Sunday, October 12

Old City Festival

12 Noon – 6:00 pm
N 3rd Street from Market to Race Streets

Arch Street between 2nd and 4th, and 3rd Street between Race and Market Bill and Jim Moran will join members of AIGA and the public for the 2014 Old City Fest. This free and open-to-the-public event will showcase the work made by and for Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Much of this will be available for sale. In conjunction with the Fest, AIGA is planning a very unique, large-scale and participatory printing experience. Come out and see what we’re up to.


About Old City Festival
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More than three dozen Old City businesses participate In Old City Fest. The event will showcase Old City designers, creative firms, restaurants, retailers and galleries, as well as theater, cultural history and architecture. Old City Fest will run in conjunction with DesignPhiladelphia, in recognition of their tenth anniversary.

When & Where
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 - Mon, Oct 13, 2014 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Various Locations
Philadelphia, PA 19104