Hands-on classes in the Book Arts Studio!
Learn the ins & outs of letterpress printing. Peruse our collection of vintage metal & wood type, images (cuts) and ornaments to create a truly unique card or poster. Participants will learn the basics of hand setting type and building simple sound designs, paper prep & press set-up and, of course, printing on our Vandercook presses. Each participant will finish the class with a uniquely designed hand-printed poster or set of greeting cards.
Please note the class is geared towards an understanding of the craft process, and while personalized creations will be made, the designs will be simple in nature in order to dedicate enough time to designing, typesetting, forme building, printing and press operation, and materials/clean up.
By successfully completing this Letterpress Basics class, participants gain the necessary skills to work independently in our Letterpress Studio and become eligible to book Open Studios. Open Studio is available for Book Arts Members only–become a Member here
This is a three-part class, and participants must attend all 3 dates: Tuesdays, August 8th, 15th & 22nd. The final class may run until 8:30/9pm.
Cost: $200, $180 Members
Things to Note:
• Makers of all skill levels are welcome. This class is suitable for ages sixteen+.
• All necessary tools and materials needed to participate are provided.
• Completed Letterpress Basics projects will be one layer/color as a folded or flat 5″x7″ (approx.) greeting card or print up to 11″x17″ in a maximum edition of approx. 20 prints (number of copies)
• Letterpress Class size is limited to 2 participants to ensure quality of instruction. We will keep a wait list. In the event the class is sold out, please email [email protected] to be put on the waitlist, or notified of the next open class.
•Participants are required to sign a waiver upon arrival to class to participate in the Studio Workshop.
Any questions about the class please email [email protected]
Jameson Alea (they/he) is an artist and poet whose work is informed by their interests in history, magic, and alchemy. They were born and raised in the Buffalo area and graduated from Canisius College with a degree in digital art and computer science, which led them to a career as a software engineer, public speaker and podcast producer.
Nevertheless, Jamey remains passionate about art, working in various mediums, but particularly letterpress. They completed a studio residency at Book Arts in early 2022, producing a 28 card hand-printed deck called the Tarot of Sorts. They have been doing letterpress for about two years and reading tarot for about six.