Letterpress – Using Polymer Plates Class NEW!
Saturday, October 21st, 10:30 - 4:00PM
Instructor: Carolyn Sweeney
Letterpress isn’t only about setting metal type by hand. In this introductory class, letterpress guru Carolyn Sweeney will focus on photo-polymer plates. They’re created with a process that translates digital/text files into a three-dimensional plate. It’s used in the press just like lead type, but there’s no typesetting involved. To create a design for printing, select from Carolyn's existing collection of images and phrases. There are lots of choices. Once you’ve put together the plates you want to use, you’ll begin production work on Carolyn’s 2500-pound, vintage press. (It has quite a history!) Result? A collection of 25 to 30 letterpress items – such as postcards, stationery, note cards, or business cards – that you've designed and printed yourself. You might even think about designing a small print suitable for framing or an insert for handmade books. 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. There is a short lunch break.
Please bring the following materials:
- Painting clothes or apron
- Sack lunch and water bottle
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.