Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Lead Graffiti & Winterthur team up (for 3- to 10-year olds)

GOT KIDS?

LEAD GRAFFITI WILL BE at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library to help stimulate some playful experimentation with typographic shapes while working with letterpress printing.

Terrific Tuesdays: Art Rules!
Every Tuesday in July and August, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Hands-on crafts and games inspired by various aspects of the museum, garden, and library teach kids about color, line, form, and the other elements of art while special guests highlight skills and trades from past and present. New activities and guests each week. Members and children under 2 free. Nonmembers: $5 per child and one adult; additional adults $15.  Please note that Terrific Tuesdays is reserved for Winterthur members or paying guests. American Horticultural Society, North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) is not available on these program days.

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We are planning to do a smaller scale traveling version of our popular HN Werkman workshop. For photos and details, take a look at the description of the workshop when we are running it in our Newark, Delaware, studio.

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Sep
14
6:00 PM18:00

Lancaster Printers Fair / Lancaster, PA

14th - The Itinerant Printer

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Held at Penn Square outside the Visitor Center. Printing Demonstrations and Fun! Local gallery exhibits featuring printing. Also, the print museum will be open

15th - Letterpress Printers Street Fair

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This outdoor event is held on the street of the 300 block of North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA and will feature vendors and suppliers of letterpress equipment, foundry type, cards, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and more. There will also be food trucks, live music and the unique shops of the 300 block will be open during the fair.

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Sep
15
11:00 AM11:00

Lancaster Printers Fair / Lancaster, PA

14th - The Itinerant Printer

6:00 - 8:30 pm

Held at Penn Square outside the Visitor Center. Printing Demonstrations and Fun! Local gallery exhibits featuring printing. Also, the print museum will be open

15th - Letterpress Printers Street Fair

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

This outdoor event is held on the street of the 300 block of North Queen Street, Lancaster, PA and will feature vendors and suppliers of letterpress equipment, foundry type, cards, posters, broadsides, ephemera, and more. There will also be food trucks, live music and the unique shops of the 300 block will be open during the fair.

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Sep
30
9:00 AM09:00

LETTERPRESS : "Meander book" creative letterpress workshop

$75 each with a minimum of 6. 9 am - 6 pm.

Workshop includes all materials for 3 copies of the book, lunch, and snacks.

For a hands on letterpress experience, this creative workshop is a group collaboration between 6-14 students, designers, writers or others who want a 1-day, first-hand experience with creative hand-setting of wood & metal type, printing via letterpress, & bookmaking without using glue or sewing.

For design students, it is a great, very spontaneous, non-sketching design and typography experience.

For organizations, it is a great bonding experience for a department.

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Oct
4
1:00 PM13:00

Oak Knoll Fest XX pre-event tour of Lead Graffiti, a letterpress lab of sorts

Limited to 20 registrants. 

Visit Lead Graffiti and hear a few stories about their favorite projects, along with a sampling of their favorites from their collection. You'll get the opportunity to print 2 keepsakes, one using their Vandercook Universal III (36-line Gutenberg Bible page hand composed in MOVABLE type) and an iron hand press keepsake celebrating "Freedom of the press.

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Oct
20
to Oct 22

BOOKMAKING : Coptic Stitch workshop

  • COST : $120 per person (2 nights)
  • AGE : 10 or better
  • TIME : 3 hours each night
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included

Paste paper is essentially an adult form of fingerpainting. An excellent way to created decorated papers which can be used to case-in hardback books, cover boxes, and frames, and make wrapping paper. 

Be sure to thoroughly read the description of this workshop.

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Jul
3
10:00 AM10:00

Lead Graffiti & Winterthur team up (for 3- to 10-year olds)

GOT KIDS?

LEAD GRAFFITI WILL BE at the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library to help stimulate some playful experimentation with typographic shapes while working with letterpress printing.

Terrific Tuesdays: Art Rules!
Every Tuesday in July and August, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Hands-on crafts and games inspired by various aspects of the museum, garden, and library teach kids about color, line, form, and the other elements of art while special guests highlight skills and trades from past and present. New activities and guests each week. Members and children under 2 free. Nonmembers: $5 per child and one adult; additional adults $15.  Please note that Terrific Tuesdays is reserved for Winterthur members or paying guests. American Horticultural Society, North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) is not available on these program days.

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We are planning to do a smaller scale traveling version of our popular HN Werkman workshop. For photos and details, take a look at the description of the workshop when we are running it in our Newark, Delaware, studio.

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Apr
28
10:00 AM10:00

Chesapeake Printers Fair / Havre de Grace, MD

On Saturday, April 28, 2018,  join  up to 20 letterpress printers, bookmakers, printmakers and other creative vendors on the banks of the Susquehanna River in downtown Havre de Grace, Maryland, situated at the top of the Chesapeake Bay. 

The Chesapeake Printers Fair showcases the design and craft of all paper arts, from letterpress, print and book arts, paper making too. Held simultaneously—just a block away—from the very successful JoRetro’s PyrexFest, the Printers Fair promises to have strong traffic, sharing a devoted and sophisticated demographic. 

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Mar
10
10:00 AM10:00

SHOW : Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair

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Lead Graffiti & The Fine Press Book Association, in collaboration with the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Show, has announced the fifth annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair.

This is an addition to the Vintage Book Fair, known colloquially as the "Shadow Fair." It is a less-formal, less-expensive fair held during the same weekend as the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the Park Avenue Armory. This year, as it was last year, it will be located right around the corner from the main fair at the Park Avenue Armory. However, it will take place only one day: Saturday, March 10.

Lead Graffiti will be introducing 4 new books : a collaboration between Jill and Deborah Arnold, a collaboration between Ray and Martha Carothers, and a book from each of Jill and Ray.

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Feb
27
1:00 PM13:00

CREATIVE LETTERPRESS : H.N. Werkman workshop

This workshop is primarily for 11 students and faculty from the Delaware College of Art & Design, but there are an additional 4 openings that can be filled by others. 

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 8 or better
  • TIME : 4 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS and snacks included

BE SURE TO READ the description of this workshop.

TO CANCEL, text to 302.547.6930 or email at least 24 hours in advance.

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Feb
17
2:00 PM14:00

LEAD GRAFFITI 10th Anniversary

LEAD GRAFFITI IS CELEBRATING its 10th anniversary since opening our 2,200 sq ft studio space at 120A Sandy Drive, Newark, DE. We'll be exhibiting a history of work from our earliest days of experimenting with letterpress, and expect to have a variety of our presses set up to run broadsides and keepsakes. We'll have a handset, moveable type facsimile page from Johannes Gutenberg's 36-line Bamberg Bible locked up.

THE FIRST 150 ARRIVALS will get a transferrable 20% off coupon for any one workshop run by Lead Graffiti through July 31, 2018. We will hold a drawing for Lead Graffiti broadsides at the top of each hour.

We'll have plenty of snacks, drinks, and goodies for all along with a keepsake or two that you can print. Free across the board.

Got a father, grandfather or maybe a great-grandfather that was in the printing business a long time ago. Invite them along and let them stand around our Intertype or an iron hand press and tell some stories about the good old days.

Dress warmly for February with lots of people going in and out.

You can just show up to the party, and you may throw your name in the hat for drawings, but those who pre-register will be included in several additional drawings for significantly more valuable prizes that will happen hourly over the event. Only those pre-registered by midnight, Wednesday, February 14 will be eligible for the bigger prizes. Drawing winners must be present to win.

TO REGISTER, please fill out the required information below and click "Reserve me a spot." If you want to register additional people just back up and come back into the form and repeat the process.

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Feb
3
9:00 AM09:00

TECHNICAL LETTERPRESS : Vandercook workshop

  • Cost : $120 per person
  • AGE : 15 or better
  • Time : 6 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS, lunch and light snacks included.

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Vandercook workshop before registering.

Registration is open to anyone age 15 and better.

Vandercooks are

  • Almost all of Lead Graffiti's printing is done on either our Vandercook SP15 (hand cranked and prints 14" x 18") or Vandercook Universal III (automatic and prints 18" x 24")
  • Vandercooks are cylinder presses, and when you want deep impression they do it the best
  • In the world of printing presses, these are about the easiest and safest to use
  • Great press to work with when you want high-quality work

COMPLETION OF THIS WORKSHOP allows you to rent either of our Vandercooks for your projects.

TO CANCEL, text to 302.547.6930 or email at least 24 hours in advance.

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Jan
28
1:00 PM13:00

BOOKMAKING : Paste Paper workshop

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Paste Paper workshop before registering.

  • open to all, age 10 and above
  • 3 (minimum) to 8 participants
  • 3 working hours; $70 per person
  • all materials, tools, and snacks included

Workshops without the minimum number of registrants are typically canceled in the morning 3 days in advance. Please consider recruiting friends or colleagues to join in the workshop to help meet the minimum.

You can pay for workshops or events through our store even if you aren't registered with PayPal. When paying for a workshop please note time parameters and starting times

TO CANCEL for a full refund, text to 302.547.6930 or email at least 24 hours in advance.

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Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

CREATIVE LETTERPRESS : "Be My Valentine" Cards workshop

  • COST : $90 each
  • AGE : 15 or better
  • TIME : 7-8 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS, lunch and light snacks included. 40 cards & envelopes

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Holiday Card workshop before registering.

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Holiday Card workshop before registering.

Send a lovely thrill to all your Valentines this year with "did-it-myself" letterpress cards designed and printed slowly & patiently by you.

We would love to figure out how to do this for kids in elementary, middle, and high school so they could give them to every classmate and start a movement to opine and declare, "I like and respect your connection to my life." Imagine the potential impact half a dozen students did this in various grades of a school for the next 10 years.

How about this? We'll design a couple of cards and will print 40 extras of them. We'll give them to the first 4 people (have to be a kid and not the parent) that writes us an email and just asks for them. When they come to pick them up, there may be choices to choose. Not sure about that at all. We will let you know afterward.

Even if no one signs up for the workshop, this might turn out to be fun after all.

Around Christmas, we bought a book entitled 1200 Words You Should Know. One of the words was "opine," which means to "give your opinion." We like to opine about Valentine's Day. Hmmm, used it twice. Nice.

 

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Jan
3
9:00 AM09:00

CREATIVE LETTERPRESS : CBAA-related Meander Book workshop

  • COST : $100 each
  • AGE : 15 or better
  • TIME : 9 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS, lunch and light snacks included with 3 copies of the final book

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Meander Book workshop before registering.

Four people who are coming from Colorado and Texas have asked us to run a workshop for them before the start of the College Book Arts Association national conference. Our plan is to offer our Meander Book workshop, which is the best 1-day letterpress workshop we've ever heard of. We've got plenty of room at the moment for others to take the workshop. Just sign up.

Composed of handset wood and metal type, working without sketches, printing using our hand-cranked Vandercook SP15 and our automatic Vandercook Universal III we will produce a 2-color, 14-page hard cover book.

You'll walk away with 3 copies of day's result plus an extra copy of a previous book to impress fellow conference goers and let you think about how to pull this off in your own shops.

  • Collaborative environment for up to 14 participants
  • learn the meander book form which has a lot of applications for a design student
  • the complexity of printing a 2-color text block
  • learn an amazing way to lock up this complicated project
  • encourages spontaneity versus planning

TO CANCEL, text to 302.547.6930 or email at least 24 hours in advance.

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Jan
1
10:00 AM10:00

CREATIVE LETTERPRESS : Resolution #1 : Declaration of Acceptance workshop

WE JUST THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE FUN, so we decided to give it a try and for half price.

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 15 or better
  • TIME : 7 hours.
  • ALL MATERIALS, lunch and light snacks included.

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Holiday Card workshop before registering.

When Ray was teaching University-level design courses in creative thinking, a book he loved for a textbook was The Universal Traveler. It broke creative problem-solving into 7 stages. The first stage was ACCEPTANCE — understanding and accepting the need for a solution.  Most people do this start-up stage really poorly.

Declaration of Acceptance is one of 15 or so strategies explained in the book for successfully following through on stage 1. It instructs you to seriously declare your intentions to a person or persons whom would be significantly disappointed if you didn't follow through to give you an extra push to jump off the high board into the pool. Let's make a typographic postcard you can send to friends as your personal "Declaration of Acceptance" to start 2018 off with a billboard-sized bang.

I'm not exactly sure what we from Lead Graffiti will declare, but we'll do one for us with you,

  • we'll work to make our card loud,
  • we'll sign our names on our card nice and big,
  • we'll put a stamp on our card, and
  • we'll take our card to the Post Office and mail to at least 40 people. 

We hope you'll do the same.

TO CANCEL, text to 302.547.6930 or email at least 24 hours in advance.

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