My roommate Kali and I have been into letterpress for a minute. She's a graphic designer, and while I'm just a humble graphic admirer, we both have a love for all things 'pressed. The printing style was part of what led me to take a second job at the cutest card shop in all of Ann Arbor almost two years ago - the retail position meant I was able to play with cards and stationery all the live long day.
I'm the proud owner of a baby clamshell style press (and a few trays of super heavy lead type) that we lugged across the country. Be that as it may, our abilities to make impressions or get super creative have been pretty limited by the press' small format. Before we moved, we started cooking up a scheme to attend a workshop at the San Francisco Center for the Book, so were super stoked to learn about their four part class focused on printing with the awesomely large Vandercook press.
The class runs from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm every Sunday for four weeks, and to be honest, the time absolutely flies by. We're halfway through, and it's been so much fun. What's more, successful completion of the course qualifies students to rent time on the SFCB Vandercook presses - which is incredible. It's been great getting my hands dirty (so to speak) in the printing world again. Here's to letterpress printing as a work in progress - now onward with the press adventures.