Letter-into-Press Workshop!

2017 | April 27-28 / May 6-7

Type design and Polymer plate workshop

Letter-into-Press, a workshop


In this hands-on, three step workshop, each participant will: (1) Craft their letter forms by hand, gathering inspiration from typeface-design notions, classic typography, calligraphic techniques and modular systems. (2) Turn the final letter forms into polymer plates through a simple photographic method. (3) Print the polymer plate reproductions on a Vandercook letterpress.

Our process will be learned, yet exploratory: there will be room for trying extravagant ideas while throwing light into the beauty of traditional letterpress printing production, as well as, the close relationship between medium and the resulting artifact.

10am-4pm &10-4pm (open studio and press-time until 6pm each day)

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Foundation Workshop: Fundamentals of Letterpress

2017 | April 1-2

Foundation Workshop: Fundamentals of Letterpress

Saturday 10am-4pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

Upcoming workshop: April 1&2

All materials included.

You will learn:

  • Printing language and terms
  • Mechanics of a Vandercook #4 proofing press
  • How to ink and clean the press
  • How to print a three color composition.
  • How to handset metal and wood-type.
  • How to produce an edition of 10 p;rints of your design

You will take home: An edition of your own print, as well as a trade portfolio of your classmates’ prints.
Please review Workshop Rules and Terms and our FAQs before registering.

Note: The Foundation workshop is required for anyone who wishes to rent studio time at Punchpress, including people who have previous print experience or past Punchpress students who have not taken a class here within the last year. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn about our specific press or refamiliarize yourself with the letterpress process, while making a custom print.

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