Letterpress – Using Polymer Plates Class
Saturday, April 14th, 10:30 - 4:00PM
Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
There’s more to letterpress printing than setting metal type by hand. The use of polymer plates, for example, dramatically expands design possibilities. The plates are created by a manufacturer with a process that translates digital/text files into a three-dimensional plate, which is then used in the press in place of lead type. There’s no letter-by-letter hand setting of metal type involved. In this class with letterpress guru Carolyn Sweeney, you’ll create your own design for printing from her collection of polymer plates. There are hundreds! Carolyn has the plates organized by category: sayings (from endearing to wild and crazy); borders, patterns, and backgrounds; people and children; flowers and landscapes; and things. You can print postcards, coasters, stationery, or note cards, but plates are a fun way to create combo cards with an illustration on the front and a greeting on the inside. The prerequisite for the class is Carolyn’s Introduction to Metal Type class, or else a basic understanding of how type is set and loaded into the chase plus some experience using a platen press. 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.