BFA 2006, Oxford Campus
Communication Design (formerly Graphic Design)

Printer Candy
, 2018
Letterpress printing, wood and metal type, and rule
10 x 7 inches

Star Cluster, 2019
Letterpress printing, wood and metal type and rule
10 x 10 inches

Brief Biography

Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, designer, educator, and filmmaker (Pressing On, 2017) who preserves anecdotal and technical knowledge of printing history and culture with a focus on education and community. She received her BFA from Miami University in 2006, and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Beckloff has presented at ATypI Antwerp, two Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Wayzgoose conferences, UCDA Design Education Summit, Type@Cooper New York, College Book Art Association Conferences, as well as taught workshops and lectured at universities across the U.S. and U.K.

Artist Statement

Printer Candy, 2018

This print honors Scott Moore of Moore Wood Type and his philosophy that “every printer should have some printer candy in their collection.” Printer Candy includes decorative ornaments, catchwords, manicules, and fancy dashes, which he creates on his pantograph or laser cutter to be used in contemporary letterpress printing. A retired industrial arts teacher and Miami alumnus, Scott is generous with his knowledge, and as my dad, continues to inspire me to be a better educator. The chocolates are composed with MWT ornaments and dots, and the print was created in five impressions.

Star Cluster, 2019

Star Cluster represents the idea that history is a web of connections between people through time. The multigenerational letterpress community’s expansiveness through time is like a gravitationally bound star cluster. Referencing a NASA photograph of a star cluster (globular cluster NGC 1898), I created the composition in Adobe Illustrator from scans of my type collection. The print was created with metal rule cut and spaced to create long curves; wood type including texture dots from Moore Wood Type; metal circles/ornaments; and metal type Greeting Monotone, inked in a split fountain and rotated 90 degrees for four overlapping impressions.

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