Founded by Jim Trissel in the late-1970s, The Press at Colorado College has long been a little-known sanctuary for the dying art of letterpress printmaking. But up until this past summer, the press was housed in a cramped and somewhat dank basement of a campus residence hall. After a nearly-190,000 pound move, the Press has now settled comfortably into its new home in Taylor Hall (the low stone building just east of Bemis Hall on the Colorado College Campus). We met with printer and teacher Colin Frazer for a quick tour of the press, which will open to the public tonight between 6 and 7 p.m. before a lecture by Betty Bright , the former curator and program director for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, at the Cornerstone Theater.

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4 Responses to A Tour of The New Press at CC

  1. I love the way you mix ambient sounds with the slide-show. It has a way of putting the taste of the place in your mouth per say. Very cool.

  2. Diann @ Rainy Days says:

    Ohhhh, this wonderful video and great news of the resurrection of The Press warms my heart. Having figuratively been born with “ink in my veins”, I was lucky enough to have met Jim Trissel, worked with him on some off-site print projects and visited him in that “dank” basement back in the early ’80′s. I still remember some of the beautiful hand bound books they were working on then. It’s certainly gratifying that Colorado College continues to support the continued art and craft of the printer in this digital age.

  3. ele says:

    The Press sure is looking good in that new space!

  4. S. McClow-Kinsey says:

    Great to see this update on The Press and know that it is again in operation. I have an edition of poems printed by Jim Trissel in the early 80′s, and it’s a real treasure. Thanks for tour.

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