Letterpress Workshop with Jen Farrell: Build an Illustration with Metal Type

Saturday, June 22, 2019 9am - 5pm

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL. Please email us at info@woodtype.org to be placed on the wait list. Thank you!

Metal type for letterpress printing is undoubtedly one of the most detailed and exquisite examples of craftsmanship. At it’s absolute detailed height in the late 1800s, printers were presented with incredible options for creating everything from simple flower embellishments to elaborate systems of illustrations built with ornament.



In this workshop, we’ll look at samples from across the history of typesetting of how type and ornament have been used to develop illustrations of both inanimate objects and people. Working with the impressive Silver Buckle collection, participants will set and print one illustrative piece of their choosing from metal ornament. It’s an entertaining opportunity to use antiquated materials to design a new emoji, a selfie or an homage to your favorite coffee shop!


Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe. Work can be viewed at www.starshaped.com.



The workshop runs from 9am until 5pm. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothes that may get ink on them. The cost is $145 per person with the museum providing all the materials you need.

Space is limited, so registration and a $65 non-refundable deposit is required. The $80 balance is due at the beginning of the workshop. Cash, credit cards and checks are accepted. 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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