Sponsored by Neenah Paper and BurdgeCooper Inc. at the International Printing Museum

nine am through four pm
Saturday, February 8th
two thousand fourteen


This one-day event will be a rare opportunity for designers and others to explore the beautiful world of engraved printing, both commercial and artistic. Led by respected experts in the field, guests will learn about the process of engraving as a printing method, its historical context and how engraving can be an effective option for designers today.

Don Burdge of BurdgeCooper Inc. in Los Angeles, the largest and one of the oldest commercial engraving companies in the country, will lead hands-on discussions about engraving, how it works and how to design and spec jobs for the process. One of BurdgeCooper’s engraving presses will be on location at the Printing Museum for this seminar so guests can see and participate in printing a beautiful engraved keepsake. BurdgeCooper in Los Angeles has set the standard for graphic arts excellence for generations, dating back to 1929. Today they are the world’s largest engraving company on one of the largest small format commercial printing companies in North America.

Neenah Paper will showcase the Beauty of Engraving in their presentation, featuring their amazing line of specialty papers. Every guest will leave with numerous inspirational keepsakes and samples. Neenah Paper has built a tradition of innovation, service and growth since its founding in 1873 in Neenah, WI.The Neenah Mill represents over a century of paper making heritage — a heritage that combines time-honored craftsmanship with advanced technology. Today, Neenah papers are among the most recognized and preferred in North America. They continue to advance the ideals established over 125 years ago with the constant pursuit of new business opportunities and market driven products. This is combined with their commitment to product quality, innovation and service to designers, printers, and end-use customers. Terri Hill of Neenah Paper will be providing refreshments though the day including a lunch for all attendees.

Mark Barbour, Curator of the Printing Museum in Carson, along with his team of artist printers, will demonstrate the process of traditional engraving using early turn-of-the-century presses in the Museum’s collections. Guests will have the opportunity to print on these presses using historical engraved plates from the BurdgeCooper archives.

Author, educator, and designer, Rose Gonnella will kick-off the day with a visual and tactile presentation of her new book, Design To Touch, Engraving History, Process, Concepts, and Creativity published by the International Engraved Graphics Association. Rose will explore the visual characteristics of engraving and discuss how students and professionals can creatively use this exquisite printing within the media mix of contemporary design applications. Rose will also have copies of her book available to be signed and with it, a separate engraved page (so you don’t have to tear it out of the book!).

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the Beauty of Engraving at the International Printing Museum on Saturday, February 8th. Registration fee is only $50, which includes all presentations, workshops, keepsakes, samples, and lunch. Registration is limited to 60 attendees only.

The International Printing Museum is located at 315 W. Torrance Blvd, Carson (310) 515-7166. Featuring the Lindner Collection, the Printing Museum showcases one of the largest working exhibits of antique printing presses in the country.

Tickets to the event are limited to sixty. First come, first served at $50 per person.



9:00 Continental Refreshments in Printing Museum Gallery
9:30 Mark Barbour, Museum Director & Curator, Welcome and Announcements
9:45 Don Burdge, BurdgeCooper: California Engraving: A Brief History
10:15 Rose Gonnella, Kean University: Design To Touch a textbook for students and professionals
11:00-11:45 Workshop Session One
11:45-12:30 Workshop Session Two
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:15 Workshop Session Three
2:15-3:00 Workshop Session Four
3:00-3:30 Closing Panel Discussion and Q & A

Attendees will rotate between four 45 minute workshops during the sessions.

1. Designing for Engraving: led by Don Burdge with Terri Hill of Neenah Paper
Learn how to incorporate engraving into your design practice.

2. Spiders & Cannonballs: Artistic Printing on Traditional Engraving Presses
Hands-on opportunity to print your own keepsakes on the Museum presses.

3. The Power of the Press: Commercial Engraving Demonstration
The pressmen from BurdgeCooper will be demonstrating the engraving process on a full-size commercial press brought down to the Museum especially for this symposium; attendees will have the opportunity to help operate the press.

4. Back to the Future
Rose Gonnella will detail the process of designing with engraving in mind including how to inspire students into creatively using a 500-year-old printing process for contemporary design. She will have several creative briefs for attendees to takeaway and will present the resulting student work from those projects.


315 West Torrance Boulevard
Carson, CA 90745

(310) 515-7166