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"Do It Yourself!" Workshop #3: Spirit Duplication with Brian Cassidy

Tuesday, March 28, 2023, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Houghton Library
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As part of Houghton’s spring exhibition “Do It Yourself! Self-Publishing from Letterpress to LaserJet,” join local artists, zine-makers, and designers in a series of hands-on workshops. This workshop is free and open to the public, and all materials will be provided. Space is limited and registration is required.

Workshop 3: Come learn about the world of spirit duplication, hectographs, and ditto machines! This workshop will be led by bookseller Brian Cassidy, an expert on 20th-century duplication methods. Cassidy will provide an overview of these technologies, how they were commonly used, and how they work. Then participants will get to try their hand at making their own copies on the ditto machine and hectograph.

Workshop attendees are also invited to attend Brian's Hofer Lecture on the Art of the Book, "The True Story Behind Allen Ginsberg's 'Howl'," later that evening, Tuesday, March 28 at 6:00 PM. 

About the workshop leader: Brian Cassidy has been in the book trade since 1994. From 2004-2019 he was proprietor of Brian Cassidy Bookseller, before co-founding the firm Type Punch Matrix. He serves on the faculty of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and Rare Book School, where he teaches a class on Understanding and Identifying 20th Century Duplicating Technologies.

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Attendees should gather in Houghton's first-floor Edison and Newman Room. Curators request that participants wear face coverings; Houghton can provide masks if needed.

Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may contact Houghton Library's Administrative Coordinator Le Huong Huynh by email or at 617-495-2443 in advance of the workshop.

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