Guardian of Craft & Connector of People
Erin Beckloff is a letterpress printer, designer, educator, and filmmaker who preserves anecdotal and technical knowledge of printing history and culture. Her research explores the letterpress community’s expansiveness through time and how the letterpress printing process will survive through educating others in the craft. 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.
She serves as an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Miami University and holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2011 she revitalized the Curmudgeon Press type shop and developed letterpress courses as part of the Comm Design curriculum. She studies letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers, including the talented folks at Hatch Show Print.
Erin disseminates her research through public and educational engagement. She has given presentations at two Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum Wayzgoose conferences; ATypI Antwerp; UCDA Design Education Summit; Type@Cooper New York; College Book Art Association Conferences; as well as taught workshops and lectured at universities across the US and UK.
PBS CET ‘The Art Show’ Feature
ATypI Antwerp ‘Discursions of David W. Peat, type collector and character’