Saturday, January 12, 2013

Bring In the New & Old

THREE NEW LETTERPRESS RESOURCES have come to my attention. Letterpress Commons, Letterpress Hotline and Letterpress Printing by Bill Elligett are all full of information about printing, presses and everything to do with letterpress. The Hotline comes in the form of a human voice, something unusual in this day and age. Here is a little information and links to each one

Letterpress Commons is the brainchild of Harold Kyle of Boxcar Press and Jenny Wilkson from Seattle. They have gathered information from several sources-The Press Museum from Briar Press, and a travel map showing printers all over the US to mention two. One of the things I like is that the Museum allows readers to edit and add to descriptions for each press. It has always bugged me that the Old Reliable photo is of a press with many of the parts missing. Now I can send in a photo of the one I work with to replace it. Harold said the site was designed as a "Wiki" for contributors to offer more information about different subjects. But look for yourself at Letterpress Commons

The Letterpress Hotline was introduced to me a few days ago by Marjorie Wilser of the San Jose Printer's Guild. This site is a free Hotline to call with letterpress questions. Really, dial (866) 218-6927. The hours when a person(s) is available are posted on the site. The experts at the other end are not your ordinary printers either. The names I have seen are some of the better known, accomplished, letterpress and book arts people is the country. Don't take my word for it. Go check out the Letterpress Pocket Hotline.

The last site has been on the Web for a number of years but I frequently go back to it because it has so much information. Bill Elligett was a Melbourne Australia printer and Linotype operator who started collecting information early in has career. For a number of years, he posted a new scan of some type of letterpress equipment every month. Bill passed away in 2009 but his site is still being maintained by his family I believe. It isn't just photos of equipment either, there a many how-to articles included. Check it out and bookmark it because you will come back again and again to reference something you saw previously. Letterpress Printing in the 60s.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

One-on-one Letterpress Classes

One-on-one Letterpress Classes resume February 2nd. They are designed for beginning and advanced students interested in learning about printing on platen presses. Classes are held at my studio in Sunnyvale or can be at your studio if you prefer. No wine and cheese, only hands-on learning focused on what you want to know. With individual instruction you learn faster. The following are offered:

Class 1: Introduction to Floor or Table top Platen Press
Date: TBA
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Tuition: $200
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This class is aimed at people who want to learn to print on a platen, and may or may not have one. If you are considering going into letterpress, this is a place to start. We will explore set up, locking up in a chase, inking, printing and cleanup. You can work with wood or metal type from the studio’s collection. If you have a short phrase or poem you wish to print, bring it to the class.

Class 2: Project Design and Print
Date: TBA
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition: $250 plus $25 for supplies
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This session will be for students who have a specific project in mind, such as business cards, an invitation or other artwork. You can choose type from the studio's collection or use your own. If you are using photo polymer plates, your design should be developed in a computer graphic program such as Adobe Illustrator. Negatives and plates must be ordered several days in advance or furnished by the student for use on a Boxcar base. I can guide you through the plate preparation process as part of the class. You will do all the printing but I will  assist and guide you as needed.

Class 3: Platen Press Maintenance
Date: TBA
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Tuition: $150
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This session is all about the press. How to maintain it; oil and lubrication, cleaning, impression adjustment, adding parts like a fountain, counter or motor, and moving a press. The class can be held at my studio or yours.

Private individual one day weekend workshops start at $200 (4 hours) and two day sessions start at $425 (8 hours). Evening classes are available by prior arrangement. Consulting is $50 per hour. Specific projects can be scheduled as well as extra classes to complete larger projects. The cost of supplies is extra for large projects.