Join us for an evening with Chris Fritton, aka The Itinerant Printer.

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Frederick Book Arts Center

217 West Patrick Street

Frederick, MD 21701

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Join us for an evening with Chris Fritton, aka The Itinerant Printer, as he tells stories and shares work from his epic cross-country journey in printmaking.

In 2014, Fritton resigned as the Studio Director of the Western New York Book Arts Center in Buffalo, NY, to travel across the North America from one letterpress print shop to the next. Working exclusively with the shops' idiosyncratic collections of wood type, metal type, cuts, ornaments, and polymer plates, he made prints at every stop along the way, supplying only his own paper and ink.

Three years, 137 shops, 47,000 miles, and 15,000+ prints later, Fritton returned home to document the experience. The resulting 320-page tome comprises a series of independent yet interconnected vignettes celebrating the people, places, and prints from the road. Part travel diary, part cultural anthropology, part philosophical musing, and part poetic digression, The Itinerant Printer upholds a time-honored tradition in the recorded history of tramp printing.

The event takes place Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Frederick Book Arts Center. Prints from the journey and the book itself will be on display, a printing demonstration will be underway for most of the evening, and a brief Q & A will follow the presentation at 7pm."

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