Guardian of Craft & Connector of People
Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, filmmaker, and graphic design educator. She is the co-director and writer of "Pressing On: The Letterpress Film," a documentary about the survival of letterpress and the remarkable printers who preserve the history and knowledge of the craft. Erin is an assistant professor of graphic design at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she revitalized the Curmudgeon Press type shop and developed letterpress courses. Her research explores the idea that history is a web of connections between people through time, and that the letterpress community’s expansiveness through time reflects the connectivity of a gravitationally bound star cluster. She believes the letterpress printing process will survive through educating others in the craft and that the intangible effects—emotional and physical—are consequential. She has a BFA from Miami University and MFA in Graphic Design from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She studied letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print.