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This two-day workshop is the whole enchilada: type selection, type setting, paper selection, and ink mixing. Learn the basics of letterpress printing, its language, the tools, and the materials. Dive into the intricacies of the craft while working on BARN’s simplest press.
We'll start by scooting through letterpress details: working with type, locking up a form, and preparing a project for printing. This is a skills and techniques workshop intended to ready you to work on your own projects with confidence during monitored Open Studios (members and non-members).
Prerequisites: This is an introductory class. One might want to begin with the half-day workshop called Testing the Waters or have had previous letterpress printing experience, but neither is required. Please click here to read more about this class and to register.
Instructors are Ellie Mathews and Carl Youngmann. Carl began setting type letter by letter in 1960; Ellie combines her experience as a designer with her willingness to explore the techniques of relief printing. Together, they operate The North Press in Port Townsend, where they focus on the production of poetry broadsides with occasional adventures into ephemera, posters, cards, and whimsies. Working as a team, they will share with you their passion for the craft while guiding participants step-by-step toward taking independent command of the process.