Introduction to Letterpress

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$ 65.00

May 12th, 2016 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Annemarie Munn
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: May 12th, 2016 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: May 12th, 2016 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

If you have heard about letterpress but are not really sure what it is or how it works, this class will allow you to peer inside the rich history and engaging techniques of letterpress printing. This class introduces the process, the materials, the machines, and the satisfaction of printing by hand on a cylinder proof press. Participants will learn the basics of setting type using SFCB’s vast collection of lead type and decorative ornaments as well as inking, locking up and pulling a print.

Materials to Bring: None.

Workshop + Materials Fee: $65.00

Date & Time: Thursday, May 12, 2016 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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About the Instructor | Annemarie Munn

I'm always looking for more old presses to print on and learn about, and the weirder the better; so far I've printed on 14 different models of letterpress, plus four different kinds of foilstamper, and counting. I especially love printing with unusual forms or on unusual substrates, and experimenting with hot foil stamping processes. I usually create my illustrations and hand lettering by painting with Sumi ink, then printing the images from polymer plates, though of course I also love wood and lead type and old found images (who doesn't?). I draw inspiration from the gridded city landscape around me (I love to tell little neighborhood stories!) and from my more-rural upbringing --- when I close my eyes I see chickens and a half-acre of vegetables in rich brown dirt; when I open them again, the ground is made of sand and the roar of the surf mixes with the N-Judah streetcar rattling by. And each time I touch a letterpress, I am thrown back to the days when a broadside would arrive in the mail on childhood Christmases, each with a different poem cracking the world right open.

Past Student Reviews:

“Hands-on. Easy to digest. Positive Instructor.”

“Just a shout out to Annemarie for making it such a welcoming and fun learning environment. Much appreciated!!”

“She was very helpful & engaging...Annemarie obviously loves what she creates!”

$ 65.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States