The Common Press

The Common Press is the letterpress printing studio at the University of Pennsylvania. It is supported by a collaboration of interests at Penn, including writing (15th Room Press, Kelly Writers House), print culture (the Rare Book & Manuscript Library), and visual arts and design (the School of Design). The Common Press was founded on January 17, 2006, the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth. The Common Press provides a mixed media environment to support the teaching of design and fine arts to students, to encourage collaboration on projects across the university, and to expose students to contemporary print culture

Thursday, November 15, 2012



Chymia, a collaborative Common Book designed and printed by Marc Blumthal, Marianne Dages, Matt Neff, Ivanco Talevski, and Tricia Treacy at The Common Press in 2012. A limited set of letterpress prints using original blocks from the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library’s Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection accompanies each edition.

Please contact Matthew Neff, if you are interested in purchasing this edition.

letterpress portfolio of original blocks from the collection

 Tricia Treacy, letterpress

 Marc Blumthal, silkscreen

 Matt Neff, silkscreen

 Marianne Dages, letterpress

Ivanco Talevski, etching

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hi! We're Back!

:: poster by Marianne Dages ::

Hi there, we're back after a long hiatus and happy to see you again. Hope you are too. There's so much to tell you, so check back again soon. Thanks!