Nestled cozily on the second floor of Oberlin’s main library in Mudd Center is the Letterpress Studio run by Special Collections and Preservation Librarian Ed Vermue. A resource and learning tool for professors and students to learn about the history of bookmaking, the Letterpress Studio is used for class visits and Experimental College (ExCo) and winter-term classes taught by Vermue. ExCo students learn a variety of paper and printmaking techniques, while winter-term students focus on setting type and printing materials on the letterpress.
Here, Vermue teaches his ExCo students how to marble paper by manipulating dye in a tub of solution and laying paper on the surface to pick up the color.
Photograph by Jeong Hyun Hwang
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