Jan
21
10:00 AM10:00

WORKSHOP : "Be My Valentine" Cards

  • 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
27
1:00 PM13:00

WORKSHOP : H.N. Werkman Creative Letterpres

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 8 or better
  • TIME : 3-4 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included.

THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Werkman workshop before registering. 

This workshop is based on Dutch printer H.N. Werkman's process for making images by inking wood type, placing it by eye on the paper (without any lock up), and printing.

  • Excellent for students in the early stages of learning about typography, this workshop encourages working with the shape of the type versus its use as a part of language.
  • The Werkman druksels make an off-beat and stimulating event as part of any professional business retreat. Taking this experience back to the workplace gives you a fresh perspective on handling the tough jobs, as well as the daily grind.

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

WORKSHOP : Paste Paper

  • Cost : $70 per person
  • AGE : 10 or better
  • TIME : 3 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included

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

PAINTING DECORATIVE PASTE PAPER is heady and exhilarating for adults and kids alike, whether you're into book arts, journaling, scrapbooking, crafting or just having fun. A great experience for a parent and child.

  • Paste papers are most often used for book covers, but can also be used for wrapping frames & boxes
  • Nice to be able to work in various sizes to accommodate various applications.
  • We like to make small, pamphlet-stitched books from the offcuts.

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

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Feb
3
5:00 PM17:00

Workshop : 2 Vandercooks

  • 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 2 Vandercooks 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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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 on our Albion iron hand press.

EVERYONE WHO ATTENDS will get a transferrable 20% off coupon for any one workshop run by Lead Graffiti through June 30, 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 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 9:00 pm, Friday, February 16 will be eligible for the bigger prizes. Drawing winners must be present to win.

PLEASE LOOK OVER our website. Bring some letterpress questions. Ask questions about stuff. Bring your kids. Make them ask questions. You will all love pulling the iron hand press.

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
18
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP : 1 Day, 1 Book

  • COST : $120 per person
  • AGE : 10 or better
  • TIME : 7 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS, lunch and light snacks included

TO US,  THERE ARE NOT many things that make you feel personally better than hand binding a book. You spend a whole day, dozens of steps, and all of a sudden a full-fledged book appears in your hand.

The workshop is divided into 3 parts.

  • 2 hours of making paste paper to wrap the outside of the finished book
  • Hand sewing signatures of paper together to make the text block
  • Building the hard cover to case everything together.

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

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Feb
24
1:00 PM13:00

WORKSHOP : H.N. Werkman Creative Letterpress

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 8 or better
  • TIME : 3-4 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included

THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Werkman workshop before registering. 

This workshop is based on Dutch printer H.N. Werkman's process for making images by inking wood type, placing it by eye on the paper (without any lock up), and printing.

  • Excellent for students in the early stages of learning about typography, this workshop encourages working with the shape of the type versus its use as a part of language.
  • The Werkman druksels make an off-beat and stimulating event as part of any professional business retreat. Taking this experience back to the workplace gives you a fresh perspective on handling the tough jobs, as well as the daily grind.

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

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Mar
4
10:00 AM10:00

WORKSHOP : Letterpress 101

  • COST : $120 per person
  • AGE : 15 or better
  • TIME : 7 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS, lunch and light snacks included

PLEASE THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Letterpress 101 workshop before registering.

There is a core knowledge base that you need to print via letterpress and this workshop covers most of it.

  • Typography and the vocabulary and architecture that surrounds it
  • A working basis for relief printing
  • The art of locking up type, dingbats, spacing material, and furniture without a hair's width of looseness.
  • A feel for how far you can and cannot push the impression.

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

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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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Mar
24
1:00 PM13:00

WORKSHOP : H.N. Werkman Creative Letterpress

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 8 or better
  • TIME : 3 - 4 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included

THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Werkman workshop before registering. 

This workshop is based on Dutch printer H.N. Werkman's process for making images by inking wood type, placing it by eye on the paper (without any lock up), and printing.

  • Excellent for students in the early stages of learning about typography, this workshop encourages working with the shape of the type versus its use as a part of language.
  • The Werkman druksels make an off-beat and stimulating event as part of any professional business retreat. Taking this experience back to the workplace gives you a fresh perspective on handling the tough jobs, as well as the daily grind.

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

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Apr
21
1:00 PM13:00

WORKSHOP : H.N. Werkman Creative Letterpress

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 8 or better
  • TIME : 3-4 hours.
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included.

THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Werkman workshop before registering. 

This workshop is based on Dutch printer H.N. Werkman's process for making images by inking wood type, placing it by eye on the paper (without any lock up), and printing.

  • Excellent for students in the early stages of learning about typography, this workshop encourages working with the shape of the type versus its use as a part of language.
  • The Werkman druksels make an off-beat and stimulating event as part of any professional business retreat. Taking this experience back to the workplace gives you a fresh perspective on handling the tough jobs, as well as the daily grind.

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

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May
26
1:00 PM13:00

WORKSHOP : H.N. Werkman Creative Letterpress

  • Cost : $60 per person
  • AGE : 8 or better
  • TIME : 3-4 hours
  • ALL MATERIALS and light snacks included

THOROUGHLY READ the description of our Werkman workshop before registering. 

This workshop is based on Dutch printer H.N. Werkman's process for making images by inking wood type, placing it by eye on the paper (without any lock up), and printing.

  • Excellent for students in the early stages of learning about typography, this workshop encourages working with the shape of the type versus its use as a part of our written language.
  • The Werkman druksels make an off-beat and stimulating event as part of any professional business retreat. Taking this experience back to the workplace gives you a fresh perspective on handling the tough jobs, as well as the daily grind.

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

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Jan
3
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP : CBAA-related Meander Book

  • 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

WORKSHOP : Resolution #1 : Declaration of Acceptance

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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Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Urban Sketchers Delaware

Urban Sketchers Delaware will invade Lead Graffiti for their monthly group sketching event. We suspect that often the sketches are concerned with architecture and nature, so it will be interesting to see what they pick out of our variety of old machines and type.

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Dec
2
9:00 AM09:00

WORKSHOP : print your own Christmas / New Year's card via letterpress

$120 for each participant with a minimum of 3, 20 additional cards $30.

Includes all materials, lunch, and snacks.

Why pay the store when you can help keep our letterpress studio keep its doors open?. And the card will be an "I made this" card. Print 20 folding A2 cards (4.25" x 5.5" vertical or horizontal) of your design locked up and printed via letterpress by your hands. We set up 4 presses, each with a separate color you can choose. You will have complete access to our wood & metal type collection.

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Nov
30
to Dec 1

[ HAS HEART ] project preliminary discussions

Would be nice if some students or participants in recent workshops would read this and get involved with us. Looks like fun.

We received an interesting email this morning from a group described below.

[HAS HEART] is a Michigan-based, registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2011 as “Fashion Has Heart” by 8-year U.S. Veteran, Michael Hyacinthe and artist/designer, Tyler Way. Originally united over a cup of coffee in 2010, they quickly discovered the disconnect between their two worlds.

They realized the power of the creative process once Michael met a local quadriplegic Marine who loved t-shirts and asked Tyler to co-create a design that shared his story. Since then, the HERO[series] has continued to pair Veterans with designers for the shared mission to tell their story through the mediums of art, design, and fashion.

Typically, they go through a local AIGA chapter, but there isn't one in Delaware. Actually, I think this might be the first time I've thought of that as a positive. Searching the web for a likely connection, they discovered Lead Graffiti. We only got our new website up about 2 weeks ago so it appears to be working just fine.

Once the 18-month journey is complete, the 50+ designs and their stories will be compiled and published into a coffee table book, curated into a traveling art museum exhibit, and produced into a collection of American-made consumer products whose proceeds will benefit the Veterans who co-designed them.

We readily agreed to be involved and it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

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Nov
3
to Nov 5

TALK + WORKSHOP : Hamilton Wood Type Museum Wayzgoose

Jill Cypher & Ray Nichols will be hosting our H.N. Werkman workshop and giving a talk about the 5 years of our Tour de Lead Project.  We will also be highlighting half a dozen projects to demonstrate why we really love letterpress as a creative outlet. We will be running our H.N. Werkman workshop on Friday, November 3 from 9 until noon, and then again from 1:30 - 4:30, we believe. We'll be giving our talk at two different times and will add a different ending segment on highlighting about 5 projects that will show why we love letterpress.

Check out the Wayzgoose schedule of events.

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Oct
27
11:00 AM11:00

TOUR : UD / English 365 : Studies in Literary Genres, Types, & Movements

Open only to students enrolled in the UD class. Cost is free to those students.

An English 365 class from the University of Delaware will visit to talk about letterpress printing. Each student should have previously completed the hand-setting of a quote in 36-point metal type from our collection. The plan is to have all the quotes locked-and-loaded in the press so the students can print their copy of the broadside during their tour.

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Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

PRIVATE FETE : VC/UD Homecoming at Lead Graffiti

We like the idea of Homecoming. Lead Graffiti will be having an open studio from 10 am to 6 pm for the past and present students of the Visual Communications Group and their families. We'll be set up for our H.N. Werkman letterpress printing process which is a fun and colorful creative experience for kids above the age of 7 or better. We'll have food, beer, snacks, and some good old VC storytelling. We would welcome it if you were coming to let us know. PLEASE INVITE YOUR CLASSMATES TO JOIN IN. Click in the left column for a map to Lead Graffiti, 120A Sandy Drive, Newark, DE. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

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Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

EVENT : Exhibition opening at The Palette & the Page, Elkton, MD

The exhibition, entitled "Related to the Book," opens to the public on First Friday, October 6 and will be on display through October 27. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Thursdays from 11 am to 6 pm; Fridays from 11 am to 7 pm; Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm; First Friday Events from 5 to 8 pm.

The exhibition showcases work by the Upper Chesapeake Book Arts Group which is celebrating its one-year anniversary. The group started in October of 2016 with an invitation to 6 artists and has grown to 14 members.  The group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month and currently includes artists working in letterpress, calligraphy, bookmaking, and ceramics, along with painters and poets—people who are interested in various aspects of bookmaking.

Lead Graffiti will be introducing 4 new books : a collaborative book by Jill Cypher and Deborah Arnold entitled "Chesapeake Meander", a collaborative book by Ray Nichols and Martha Carothers entitled "Electric Fire from the Clouds," along with 2 other books from Jill and Ray.

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Sep
2
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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