Introduction to Letterpress

Print & Book Arts

Introduction to Letterpress: Valentine's Cards

Learn how to use the Challenge Proof Press and set wood type and ornaments as we make a run of cards.

 
Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 1/27/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sat, 1/27/2024

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Type:
Class, All Levels

Location:
Print & Book Arts Studio

Interests:
Letterpress, Printmaking, Book Arts

About

Learn how to use wood type, ornaments, and/or cuts to create your design. We'll go over how to lock type securely in a chase and load it into the press. After printing, we'll trim and score our prints to letter size. Envelopes are included. We'll be trading prints, so you can go home with an assortment of your own work and that of your classmates!

Details

We'll take a 30-minute lunch break around 1 pm. Feel free to bring lunch or snack. There is a microwave and refrigerator on the lower level you can use.

Project

You'll create a variety of letterpress cards.

Materials

A $10 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers the materials you'll need, including French Paper Company’s card stock and envelopes.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Eli Backer

Eli Backer is an artist, composer, and engineer who works in a wide range of media and is constantly making. A Bainbridge native, she holds a master's degree in glass from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a bachelor's in computer engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Her work can be found in the Cynthia Sears Artist’s Books Collection at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, at the Center for Book Arts in NYC, and at the Fleet Library in Providence, R.I. She finds setting type and working with the presses quite meditative.

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