Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
Letterpress is a form of printing characterized by the crisp, textural impression it creates on paper. We love, love, love letterpress! Its elegant and expressive imprint has a unique look and feel that appeals to the senses. What better way to learn this nostalgic method of printing than on a 2500-pound, vintage press? Think of the stories it could tell! Carolyn Sweeney, owner of Black Dog Press, delights in using her press to teach others the art of letterpress. She’ll show you how to set old-fashioned metal type by hand. Choose letters from her 30 sets of fonts (Swing, Pastel Open, and Camelot, for example) and decorative accents from her hundreds of printers’ ornaments. Besides type setting, Carolyn will also teach you how to “makeready” the press for a clear impression. Experience a bit of history as you lay out and set your own words into type. Do you know where the expressions “Mind your Ps and Qs” and “I’m out of sorts” come from? Carolyn does! You’ll leave this one-day class with a basic understanding of letterpress printing as well as personalized items – postcards, coasters, stationery, or note cards, for example – that you've designed and printed yourself. Just for fun, check out this cool video that Carolyn found on the history of type: https://vimeo.com/65353988. The class is held at the instructor’s studio in North Boulder. The address will be emailed to registered students a few days before class.
Please bring the following materials:
- Painting clothes or apron
- Sack lunch and water bottle. There is a short lunch break.
Cancellations made up to 14 days prior to the first class meeting will be refunded or, at the participant's option, used to pay for another class. Two Hands Paperie will retain a $10 processing fee for EACH class cancelled by a participant. After 14 days, there is no refund or credit. In addition, the fee for a class cancelled within this 14-day timeframe by a participant cannot be transferred to pay for another class. These policies are to ensure that teachers are compensated for their investment in materials and in time spent preparing for the class. We reserve the right to cancel a class if fewer than 3 students enroll 48 hours prior to the scheduled class time. If for any reason Two Hands Paperie cancels a class, students will be called at the phone number on file and refunded the FULL class fee.
Carolyn Sweeney is the owner, designer, and print artist behind Black Dog Press, a local letterpress printing company. When she isn't printing wedding invitations, stationery, and greeting cards, she's an enthusiastic, part time staff member of Two Hands Paperie. With an educational background in Fine Arts and Architecture, Carolyn finds pleasure in tiny and exacting creative endeavors, such as setting type to use in a 100-year-old letter press machine or creating miniature worlds in old candy tins. Check out http://www.blackdogpressonline.com.