Moveable Type

by Kyle DurrieMoveable Type


Kyle Durrie is a letterpress printer from Silver City, New Mexico, and proprietor of Power and Light Press.

About Kyle Durrie:

She’s inspired by wobbly lines, history, overheard conversations, logs, whiskey, trains, the color brown, the Wild West, dogs, salt water, road maps, vintage office supplies, and beards, among other things. I also love crossword puzzles, swimming in creeks, green chile, adventures, and occupying small spaces.
But two of her favorite things in the world are printing and road trips. These two things kept getting in the way of one another in her life, though; they seemed mutually exclusive. She wanted to figure out a way to do both things at the same time.
The plan was hatched in the summer of 2010 while on a cross country band tour, studying maps and staring out car windows and exploring new towns. It was furthered along by listening to lots of songs about cowboys and truckers. In November 2010, Kyle launched a fundraising campaign through, which was met with surprising and overwhelming support and success. She more than doubled my original financial goal, which turned out to be a good thing, because it turns out she had a very poor understanding of the costs involved in pulling something like this off.
Kyle used those funds to purchase and convert a 1982 Chevy step van into a fully functional letterpress print shop. She outfitted the back of the truck with built-in cabinets and workspace, a sign press from the mid 20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press. She just returned home from a 10+ month tour, driving all over North America, teaching workshops, doing demos, and generally spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way.

About Moveable Type:

Quite literally, moveable type is the system of printing that uses moveable pieces of type – individual letters, numbers, characters – to reproduce the elements of a document. Invented in China, but popularized by Johannes Gutenberg in 1440, moveable type was like the internet for the 15th century, allowing widespread reproduction of printed materials like books, announcements, and advertising. Today, moveable type is associated with the art of letterpress printing. It is also a project involving 1982 Chevy step van and a few thousand pounds of lead, wood, iron, and love.

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