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Creative letterpress workshops

YOU BRING YOUR CREATIVE LIFE EXPERIENCES; we'll handle the technical part and the grunt work. Give letterpress a try just for fun. Chose from 4 different creative workshops that let your artistic license out for a spin. Click here for our workshop calendar or contact us to request a date for your group's retreat, outside-the-textbook class experience, or just an infusion of possibility.

Option no. 1 :  Meander book

USEFUL AND POPULAR with students of design, typography, writing, and history, this workshop also makes a surprising business or departmental retreat option for team building. You will see a density of problem-solving effort of up to 14 people compressed into one piece. And this particular book format lends itself quite easily to other portfolio and professional needs.

Starts with a studio tour and a brief history talk with samples. Design & handset your page, keyboard & cast your name in hot metal for your book, print your book covers on a hand-cranked press, print your 2-color text pages on an automatic press, and finish with hand binding 3 copies of your 14-page, portfolio-worthy book to take away.

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Option no. 2 : H.N. Werkman druksels

THIS IS SPONTANEOUS, COLORFUL FUN for children (as young as 8 with minimal adult help), families, clubs, design students and professionals. A super first-week-of-the-semester class, this workshop enables students to see letterforms as shapes with immense visual potential versus just words.

A brief studio tour, historical talk on the man and his process with samples leaves plenty of time to tinker. With 5 different presses to rotate between, you can express your imagination with shapes and color as fast as you can ink them up. 

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Option no. 3 : Quotable broadside

IN DEMAND BY design-typography-writing-history classes and clubs, this half-day, collaborative workshop also makes a brief retreat option for business professionals. Get your hands on a little type, add a dash of experimentation, and print with conviction.

Pick your theme and let everyone bring a short quote (up to 50 characters) to set by hand while including a visual twist. Load your lines into the press and print your own 3 copies as keepsakes.

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HOLIDAYS MAKE a good opportunity for connecting to friends and family with a made-just-for-you card. In letterpress there isn't Photoshop or the internet to "borrow" images. You look around what you can find in the studio to print and create a concept for tour card with "found" images. The rather random image of a flashlight that we have in our collection combined with some hearts (we have a lot of those) with a pair of our bracket collection and in 45 minutes you are printing your cards. 

Two popular themes are Christmas / New Years, and Valentine's Day. We've also done drink coasters for St. Patrick's day. Check our workshop calendar for a month or so before the holiday. If you are interested in initiating one that isn't listed, click here to suggest a topic or a date. We'll see what we can do.