Print a Letterpress Poster with Western Editions

Hosted at Western Editions

part of a series on Love

About this FieldTrip

Join Western Editions in their Emeryville studio for an early morning of letterpress, coffee and a short time travel to the 1960s.

Each attendee will learn a brief history of letterpress and see firsthand what so many people love about such an outdated technology. You’ll work in teams to create a custom woodtype letterpress poster inspired by Creative Morning’s July theme, Love. You will pull the type, set the 800 pound Vandercook cylinder press and then hand crank an edition of 10 posters. As a class you will decide on one of Pantone’s 1700+ colors and hand-mix it from 20 base cans of ink.

Please note: our studio is the large RED garage roll up door that is to the right of the main building entrance.

About the speaker

Western Editions is Erin Fong and Taylor Reid, two friends who met while living in San Francisco’s Western Addition (…get it?) and have relocated across the Bay to an artist co-operative in sunny Emeryville, California. Both Erin and Taylor have been printing since 2007 with a background ranging from commercial letterpress printing to fine art letterpress and book arts. The stars aligned and both landed in San Francisco at the same time, where they met and figured out…wait for it…that they had both learned letterpress in the same dusty old library at the University of Nevada, Reno! Though at different times, Erin and Taylor both fell in love with letterpress in the same room on the same machine! MAGIC, we know!

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