2 New Letterpress Classes in February

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.

 

LETTERPRESS FUNDAMENTALS

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.

INTERMEDIATE LETTERPRESS

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. ~

Letterpress Fundamentals Class on 9/22

LETTERPRESS FUNDAMENTALS
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
thanks!

Sarah (Skye) Archer
accidentalpress ‘at’ gmail.com
http://accidentallibrary.com/peoplesprint

p.s.  look out for another Intermediate class in October, & maybe even an Advanced/Digital Letterpress (printing with photopolymer plates) workshop if there is interest..

Two Letterpress Workshops Scheduled

Announcing two letterpress workshops in August:

LETTERPRESS FUNDAMENTALS

THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 11-4

$60

prerequisites: none

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.

 

INTERMEDIATE LETTERPRESS

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8  (NEW DATE)

$80

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

accidentalpress (at) gmail.com

(503) 739-1939

http://accidentalpress.com/peoplesprint

Read All About It: Hoffapalooza!

Be sure to stop by the Hoffman Center on Saturday, July 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We’re excited to show off some of the changes to our performance and gallery spaces, as well as the newly expanded Clay Studio.  Plus, you’re invited to explore all sorts of demonstrations of what the Hoffman Center has to offer, including clay, drawing, writing, reading, music, letterpress, mixed media, and book and paper arts.  Click on the Hoffapalooza Schedule for a printable schedule of events.  There’s no admission.

Local businesses and individuals have also generously donated over $1,500 worth of products and services for our fabulous raffle and silent auction prizes. Enter to win a $25 gas card from Bayside Shell & Grocery, just for showing up. Click on this list of Hoffapalooza prizes to see all of the wonderful raffle prizes and special silent auction items.  Raffle tickets are just $1 each,  12 for $10, or 25 for $20.    All proceeds go to the Hoffman Center Operating Fund.

And that’s not all!  Over 20 local artists will be showing and selling their art, including pieces made in the Hoffman Center Clay and Life Drawing Studios, and other art classes.  There also will be a display of art by kids in the Outside the Box Arts program.

Did we forget anything?  Well, there will be a lemonade stand on the front porch, plus tasty hand baked goods donated by Kim Miller.

We’ll see you there!

 

 

Letterpress Demonstration at the Farmer’s Market June 24th

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.

Get more information on the Moveable Type project here .  Find out more about the Manzanita People’s Print at the Hoffman Center.

Letterpres​s Open Studio Hours + Volunteer Opportunit​y

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

Letterpress Postcards Class in February

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)