Letterpress Workshop: Planning, Proofing & Printing

Saturday May. 20, 2017 9am-5pm

Let’s work to make your printing process smooth as silk. Hamilton assistant director, Stephanie Carpenter, will lead this one-day workshop where we will explore a variety of ways to go about creating a great letterpress print. We will discuss planning a print from start to finish, setting type, ink mixing, and a variety of printing techniques, from traditional techniques to more exploratory methods. These tips and tricks will be put to good use as workshop participants create posters on the Showcard presses in the pressroom. After the workshop you will have new skills to take back to your own print shop.

The workshop runs from 9 am until 5 pm. The day starts off by discussing how to plan your print, then we will explore how to get different effects while printing. We will be printing with wood type from a large collection available in the pressroom at the museum. Clean up begins at 4pm and the day finishes up at 5 pm. Lunch is on your own, and there are many restaurants nearby or you can pack your own and eat here at the museum. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them.

The cost is $125 per person with the museum providing ink and 25 sheets of 100 lb. white cover stock at 12 x 18 inches. 25 sheets of paper is a wonderful number to allow each participant to further their knowledge in letterpress printing and to explore the art form. The workshops are not meant for producing resale work. Feel free to bring paper of a different size, stock, or color. However, keep in mind that hand made paper is not allowed as it may damage the type.

Space is limited, so reservations and a $65 non-refundable deposit when you sign up are required. The $60 to fulfill the full cost of $125 of the workshop will be due at the beginning of the workshop. We accept cash, credit card or check. Because of the nature of the pressroom and the pieces being used participants in the workshop must be 18 years or older. Please fill out the registration form below to reserve your place in the workshop. If you have any questions please e-mail us at info@woodtype.org or call 920.794.6272.

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