Introduction to Letterpress Plus!

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May 27th, 2017 1:00 PM

  • Instructor: Lara Durback
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: May 27th, 2017 1:00 PM
  • Workshop End: May 27th, 2017 5:00 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: $90.00

Date & Time: Saturday, May 27, 2017 :: 1-5pm

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

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Lara Durback

Lara Durback teaches letterpress classes that integrate the use of foraged materials at the San Francisco Center for the Book. She has worked as the Studio Director of the Book Art Studio at Mills College. She especially enjoys fixing Vandercooks. Lara taught a letterpress course at Naropa University's Summer Writing Program, and gave a talk on printing at SFMOMA's Shop Talk series. You can see her printing and/or writing work in Drift Magazine, Mrs. Maybe, Bombay Gin, the UK journal Hi Zero, and The Artist's Book Yearbook 2012-13, Tripwire, and her archiving work at is external). In 2013, with designer Andrew Kenower, she produced the letterpress publication Field Work: Poems on the Occasion of Mark diSuvero at Crissy Field for SFMOMA. 

Past Student Reviews:

“Everyone was so friendly and fun. I really enjoyed the students and instructor.”

“I really liked the small class size and how hands on the experience was. I feel like I learned a lot in a short amount of time, and would like to take more classes as a result. I thought the amount of options of type and images to choose from was awesome!”

“Lara was candid and thorough, and did a great job of answering any questions questions we had.”


SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States