We get a ton of requests to host more letterpress workshops and our Spring letterpress workshop was so much fun! We thought we'd share a little recap of what goes in to our workshops so you can get a better idea of what you will see and learn with us. So keep on reading if you're interested in signing-up for our next group printing class.
The night begins with wine & pizza...because who doesn't love both of those things! We were lucky enough to have food provided by Fire & Brimstone and beverages provided Garage East for the workshop. We love to feature businesses at Barnone during our events and encourage everyone to make themselves at home, do some shopping, and grab a bite or drink before the printing starts.
Our workshops are letterpress printing 101. As we are not world-renowned printing experts, we simply teach our methods of printing from start to finish. This includes mixing ink, plate registration, using the press, printing, cutting, and the crafting the final product. For this class, we printed two different Arizona postcard designs. Each attendee gets to learn printing techniques using the press and also print their own items to take home with them.
Introducing people to the methods of letterpress printing is our favorite part of hosting these workshops. There are always people who are shocked with how much physicality and patience is involved to get to the final product. But when they feel the press moving to create what we are making, it's a great feeling! We have a lot of laughs, questions & answers, and everyone gets to try out the press on their own. By the end of the workshop, we hope to have every person feel comfortable printing, feeding paper, and have a glimpse into the rhythm of printing.
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Thank you for reading and thank you to everyone who came out for this class, we had a blast!
Photos by Nikki Villatoro.