Bilingual Printing (with an emphasis on the Cherokee Syllabary)

Develop an understanding and appreciation of letterpress printing in two or more languages on the same page.

In the early nineteenth century, Sequoyah developed an 85-character writing system for the Cherokee language, and its print version was used in the first Native American newspaper, the Cherokee Phoenix, 1828-1834.
Starting with information on Sequoyah’s work, we will consider page design for bilingual printing.
Basic letterpress printing using a proof press will be presented, and we will be able to print not only in Cherokee and English but also with a select number of western European languages.

Bilingual Printing (with an emphasis on the Cherokee Syllabary) 
UVa Education Benefit Eligible*
Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 2017 (10:00 AM–5:00 PM)
Instructor: Frank Brannon
Class Size: 8-10 participants
Location: Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Course Fee: $250 VABC members/$300 nonmembers (all fees include materials)
*UVa Education Benefit Eligible, non-degree certification class #030417 (must use nonmember price).

To be added to the registration list, contact Kevin McFadden:
Send your payment (by check made out to VFH) to:
Kevin McFadden
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
145 Ednam Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903-4629

(Please note “VABC Bilingual Printing” on the remarks line, include your eMail address if this is your first class at the VABC)

For additional course information contact: Garrett Queen:

About the Instructor:
Frank Brannon, proprietor of SpeakEasy Press, is currently a Research Fellow with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. He received his MFA in Book Arts at the University of Alabama and has been a book arts instructor with Western Carolina University and Penland School of Crafts. Frank’s limited edition, letterpress monograph on the historical Cherokee Phoenix newspaper of northern Georgia, 1828-1834, is held in special collections libraries in the U.S. and England.

See VFH article “The Lost Art of Cherokee Letterpress”

Event Details

Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 2017 (10:00 AM–5:00 PM)
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Frank Brannon
Open to the public
$250 VABC members/$300 nonmembers
Registration Deadline
February 25, 2017