Letterpress Book in a Day

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$ 150.00

August 12th, 2013 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Mary Laird
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: August 12th, 2013 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 12th, 2013 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Make an edition of thirty to forty chapbooks with master printer Mary Risala Laird in this beginning-level daylong letterpress workshop. During the Letterpress Book in a Day class, students will gain an overview of how to set type, mix ink, prepare makeready, deal with kiss-off, determine paper grain, read a pica ruler, cut and wax thread, and sew a pamphlet-stitch book, all while collaborating on ideas! Laird will also go over pulling proofs, making corrections, printing, and distributing type and spacing. There will be a working lunch, during which students will vote on a theme for the class book, and, afterwards, students will work in teams on the book cover, colophon, text, title page, and half title page. Every student will get to print each page of the book and will go home with five copies of the edition.

Materials to Bring: Writing utensil and paper for note taking, if desired. Handouts with most information will be supplied by the instructor.

Workshop Fee: $150.00

Materials fee: $15.00

Date & Time: Monday August 12th, 2013 | 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: This workshop will take place at our new location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Mary Laird

Mary Laird, MFA University of Wisconsin at Madison, has been printing letterpress as Quelquefois Press since 1969. Mary loves to tutor projects at SFCB. See a video of Mary Laird here.

Past Student Reviews

“Mary is an excellent teacher: kind, patient, knowledgeable, and fun!

“Mary is fun to be around and helped make the learning process not stressful”


Mary was so helpful and kind. She was attentive and patient- couldn't have had a better teacher”

“I appreciated that Mary was easy going because it helped me relax about not being perfect”




$ 150.00