The shop is looking great (some “new” work tables! more organized type & spacing!) and Sarah is excited to offer two workshops in February: one beginning and one intermediate. Call or email her a.s.a.p. to reserve your space. Also please let her know if you would like to participate in one (or both) but the date doesn’t work for you; she may be able to reschedule if enough concur. And of course feel free to contact her with any questions you have about letterpress. She can be reached at accidentalpress at gmail.com or (503) 739-1939.
Sunday, February 5th 2012
11am – 5pm with break for lunch
$65 (includes all materials)
In this workshop we will collaboratively print a poster on the Vandercook no. 2 galley proof press, learning typesetting, hand inking technique, & shop procedure in the process, plus a little typography & color theory. Participants will take home their own print or two and thereafter be qualified to use the proof press– perfect for printing linoleum and wood image blocks as well as moveable type– during supervised open studio hours.
Saturday, February 11th 2012
10 am – 5pm with break for lunch
$80 (incudes all materials)
This class is for those who have taken Letterpress Fundamentals (or ANY workshop from me in the past) and would like to learn to operate the Chandler and Price platen job press (or refresh their muscle memory). By designing and printing a postcard together, participants will advance their typesetting skills, learn to lock up the form, pack & ink the press, & troubleshoot until achieving ideal registration and impression. Participants will go home with an edition of at least 20 beautiful postcards and will thereafter be qualified to use the job press for their own projects during supervised open studio hours.
~ immerse yourself in letterpress and save $10 by taking both workshops in succession: $135 tuition for both. ~
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd. 11am -4pm, $60
Only two spots left!
By designing and printing a poster together, participants in this class will learn typesetting of both metal and wood moveable type, hand inking technique, shop procedure, and operation of the Vandercook no. 2 galley proof press (& the badass 26in Chandler and Price lever paper cutter!). We will also cover basic typography, some printing history. & a little color theory. Participants will thereafter be qualified to use the proof press– perfect for printing linoleum and wood image blocks as well as type– during supervised open studio hours.
email me to register, or comment on the website announcement
By designing and printing a poster together, participants in this class will learn typesetting of both metal and wood moveable type, hand inking technique, shop procedure, and operation of the Vandercook no. 2 galley proof press (& the badass 26″ Chandler and Price lever paper cutter!). We will also cover basic typography, some printing history. & a little color theory. Participants will thereafter be qualified to use the proof press– perfect for printing linoleum and wood image blocks as well as type– on their own during open studio hours.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 (NEW DATE)
prerequisites: Letterpress Fundamentals or instructor approval
This class is for those who have taken Letterpress Fundamentals (or ANY workshop from Sarah Archer in the past) and would like to learn to operate the Chandler and Price platen job press (or refresh their muscle memory). By designing and printing a postcard together, participants will advance their typesetting skills and learn to lock up the form, pack & ink the press, & troubleshoot until achieving ideal registration and impression. Participants will go home with an edition of at least 20 beautiful postcards and will thereafter be qualified to use the job press for their own projects during open studio hours.
To register or for more information, contact Sarah Archer
Our first Hoffapalooza, held Saturday, July 23, 2011 was conceived as an opportunity to show off the wide variety of programs that go on at the Hoffman Center, and to show them off all at once. In a six-hour timespan we had hundreds of people come through the building. A frequent comment, even from full-locals, was, “I had no idea there was this much going on.” It was great to hear that. It meant we were successful.
The Hoffman Center in Manzanita host its first Hoffapalooza Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to highlight and celebrate the programs and activities that take place at north Tillamook County’s art, culture and education center.
“We’ve been making physical and program improvements to the Center over the past few months and felt the summertime would be a great opportunity to show off what we’re all about,” said event organizer and board member John Freethy. “Considering the scope of what goes on here, ‘Hoffapalooza’ seemed a great name for the event.”
Visitors will be invited to explore a number of family-friendly activities, including clay, drawing, writing, reading, drama, music, letterpress, and book and paper arts. Program volunteers will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss each activity.
“Hoffapalooza” will also feature performances throughout the day by local musicians, dramatic or comic presentations, and raffle prizes. Local artists and students of the center will also have their art on display and for sale. There’s no admission to the event, however proceeds of the raffle and art sales go to the Hoffman Center operating fund.
Letterpress demonstration at the Farmer's Market on Friday
We are lucky enough to have the MOVEABLE TYPE project make a stop at the Little Apple by the sea on Friday. Come try your hand at printing and be a part of the unlikely road trip being undertaken by Kyle Durrie of Power and Light Press.
In her own words:
“I’ve converted a 1982 Chevy step van into a fully functional letterpress print shop. I’ve outfitted the back of the truck with built-in cabinets and workspace, a sign press from the mid 20th century, and an 1873 Golding Official No. 3 tabletop platen press. I’ll spend the next nine or so months driving all over North America, teaching workshops, doing demos, and generally spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way.”
The Manzanita Farmer’s Market located at 467 Laneda Avenue, in the Windermere parking lot.
Please join us for another book launch party on Friday, April 22nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. Travis Champ will read from his new book — As a Ghost Through a City of Millions.
“I was in Mexico City for six weeks this past autumn,” says Champ. “Holed up with a typewriter in a cheap hotel. Trying to adapt and become comfortable in the city. If anything, that is what the book is about.”
The book was printed entirely by letterpress at The Manzanita Community Printshop which is located at the Hoffman Center. Sarah Archer designed and printed the cover and Champ bound the hardcover books by hand.
There are ongoing printmaking classes and information about that will be available at the reading as well.
Sarah Archer, director of the letterpress program at the Hoffman Center, will be keeping office hours in the shop every Thursday from 11am to 4pm. This is a weekly opportunity for anyone curious about letterpress printing to stop by and learn about the process & the product, as well as an “open studio” for anyone who has taken a letterpress workshop at the Center to receive help with their independent printing projects.
The Hoffman Center’s letterpress shop boasts a 100+ year old Chandler and Price platen job press, a 26″ lever paper cutter that used to belong to the Daily Astorian (can cut up to a ream of paper at a time!), a collection of metal and wood typefaces, and a selection of antique ornaments and image blocks. We even have a system for printing text and images from computer files. Wondering what in the world all those terms mean? Thought about taking a workshop in the past but unsure if letterpress is for you? Come to the print shop during open hours, Thursdays from 11am to 4pm.
Additionally, we are are offering a work trade opportunity not just limited to Thursdays: help organize the shop and receive free instruction in the art of letterpress at the same time! The work includes putting type (individual letters) away as well as identifying and labeling typefaces. This is an ideal way to begin to learn how to print and will especially interest anyone with a love of graphic design and/or history. Contact Sarah to schedule a session (anywhere from 1 to 4 hours) : accidentalpress at gmail.com or (503) 739-1939
A class in creating postcards on a letterpress will be held on two days, Wednesday, February 9th and Wednesday February 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be taught by Nicole Poole and Sarah Archer.
Print your own edition of postcards in the Hoffman Center’s letterpress shop. Nicole Poole will lead participants in designing and carving images out of linoleum blocks which will be printed on a 100 year old platen press under the instruction of Sarah Archer. We will then have the opportunity to print text on the backs of the postcards and/or layer on top of our images using moveable metal or wood type. No printmaking experience necessary, just a desire to create beautiful correspondence art.
After taking this course students will be qualified to utilize the Hoffman Center’s letterpress shop for further projects during open studio hours.
Please contact Sarah to register and/or ask any questions you might have: (503) 739-1939 or accidentalpress at gmail.com
$95 plus $15 for materials (partial scholarship available)