Mobile Letterpress Shop Makes a Stop in Memphis

On December 5, letterpress printer Kyle Durrie will pull her “Moveable Type Truck” into town for a print workshop and presentation event at Christian Brothers University and a public event with Crosstown Arts. Durrie began her journey in Portland, Oregon where she transformed a 1982 Chevy step van into a mobile print shop. With a little help from some of her Kickstarter friends, she struck out on the road on June 11, making stops in cities across the country to share her love for letterpress.

During her visit to Memphis, Durrie will partner with CBU to lead a workshop for its students. In addition to explaining her cross-country art adventure and the letterpress printing process, she will allow students the opportunity to print their own art to take home. Sharri’s Discount Arts donated paper for the event.

That evening, Durrie will roll into the parking lot of the Sears Crosstown building (Cleveland/Watkins in midtown) partnering with Crosstown Arts for a public event from 5-7 p.m. Crosstown Arts is an organization dedicated to bringing the Sears Crosstown building back to life as a multi-purpose art mecca. Here, she’ll invite visitors into the truck for a tour and a chance to print their own letterpress art to take away. The Fuel food truck will be on site selling tasty eats and Amurica (photo booth on wheels) will give artists something to remember it by with a souvenir snapshot.

For more information on these events contact: Nick Pena at npena@cbu.edu or Melissa Wolowicz at mwolowicz@gmail.com.

For more information about Durrie, her work and her journey, visit powerandlightpress.com or type-truck.com.

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