Here are some of the things people have said about my teaching and classes:
Letterpress was complicated and foreign to me. Brian made learning the systems, tools, and history of typefaces simple and fun. His class moves at a relaxed pace and he is generous with his time and expertise. His class gave me a greater appreciation of how type choice and word placement can change the way poems are received. Brian's type selection and guidance throughout class made me feel like my old poem was given new life.
- Tara, a poet and writer, about my class - Introduction to Letterpress Printing: printing from handset metal type
A weekend at Mr. Allen's shop demonstrated to me the quality and care he takes with both letterpress client work and in the education of his workshop attendees. The instruction conveyed both an experienced career in his field and a true love of his work. I would highly recommend the handset metal/small book workshop and his others to those in the design and advertising industries and really for anyone with a love of type and its history.
- Kerry, about my full weekend class - Printing and Binding a Small Book
Thank you again for the amazing experience! I enjoyed every minute of it. I feel so lucky to have been able to take your class!
-Denee, about my class - Introduction to Letterpress Printing: printing from handset metal type
Brian Allen offered a letterpress class last weekend and six of us spent a day delving into the mysteries of printing. Brian is a master printer and his studio is equipped with several presses, an extensive library, many cases of type, as well as various strange and wonderful machines. Along with the actual instruction that culminated in student projects, Brian kept us fascinated with ongoing commentary that encompassed print shop vocabulary, the history of printing and type design, the state of printing and book arts today, what to expect if you want to buy a press, as well as learning opportunities in the triangle and beyond.
- Paul, about my class - Introduction to Letterpress Printing: printing from handset metal type
I signed up for this workshop with little background in bookmaking and absolutely no background in printing, and felt like I got a window into an entirely new world of craft! Letterpress is a lot more difficult and meticulous as an art form than I anticipated, but Brian gave excellent instruction that was accessible to a novice in that area such as myself. I left not only having produced something I'm proud of, but with some sense of the amount of care required to be a printer and the beauty of that art form.
- Larisa, about my full weekend class - Printing and Binding a Small Book