Workshops

That's me printing on my manually operated foot treadle press.Join me at the Pressbound studio this summer for letterpress and bookbinding workshops! No experience is necessary for any of my workshops and those with some printing experience are more than welcome (it’s a great way to get practice printing polymer plates on a platen press). All of my letterpress workshops are taught on a foot treadle operated Golding Pearl which is a platen style press and pictured to the left. Workshop size is kept small so I can spend lots of time giving each student one on one instruction and guidance.

Workshops take place in my studio on the first floor of the Porter Mill Building, 95 Rantoul Street in Beverly, MA, with free street parking or a five minute walk from the Beverly Depot commuter rail stop on the Newburyport/Rockport line. Please email me if you have any questions!

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Space is limited in each workshop and advanced registration is required. Be sure to click on “register now” below the workshop of your choice to secure a spot.

 

Letterpress Monogram Notecards

An Introduction to Letterpress Printing

Pressbound MonogramsSpend a day in my studio learning to print from polymer plates on an antique letterpress from 1909. In this 4 hour workshop you will print 25 monogram flat notecards with the letter of your choice (in the style pictured above) while learning the basics of letterpress printing on a foot treadle operated platen style letterpress. No previous letterpress experience required! You will also learn how to make envelopes and envelope liners for your notecards by hand, something you can also do at home without a press. All materials will be provided, however if you have scrap or other decorative paper you’d like to use for your envelopes feel free to bring that with you. At the end of class you will take home 25 notecards with the monogram of your choice that you printed to use for everyday correspondence with friends or family as well as a selection of handmade envelopes. Theses also make a great personalized gift to give someone for a birthday, wedding or anniversary and you can tell them you printed the notecards just for them!

Date/Time: Saturday June 28, Noon-4:00 PM
Price: $125

 

Antique Letterpress Plate Journals

An Introduction to Letterpress Printing and Saddle Stitch Bookbinding

Letterpress Journal Workshop By PressboundSpend a day in my studio learning to letterpress print from antique metal plates and while binding palm sized journals. In this 4 hour workshop you will learn both the basics of letterpress printing from a metal plate and how to produce a saddle stitch bound journal. No previous letterpress or binding experience required! In the first half of the workshop you’ll print images from my collection of art deco style antique metal plates while learning the basics of letterpress printing on a foot treadle operated platen style letterpress. In the second half of the workshop you’ll learn how to bind saddle stitch journals and adhere your letterpress prints to the covers. The binding skills you learn in the workshop can be used on any saddle stitch book binding project you wish to work on at home. At the end of class you will take home several journals that you bound and printed as well as extra letterpress prints and materials to use on journals you can continue to practice making at home. Although you may want to keep them all for yourself, these journals make a great gift too!

Get a sneak peek of the journal workshop in this blog post.

Date/Time: Saturday July 12, Noon-4:00 PM
Price: $125

 

Personalized Letterpress Notecards

An Introduction to Letterpress Printing with a Personal Touch

Pressbound cusotm letterpress notecardsSpend a day in my studio learning to print from polymer plates on an antique letterpress from 1909. In this 4 hour workshop you will print personalized flat notecards with custom text specific to you while learning the basics of letterpress printing on a foot treadle operated platen style letterpress. No previous letterpress experience required! After registration you’ll receive an email with instructions for choosing your custom text and a plate will be made specifically for you to print with during the workshop. Personalize the notecards with a first or last name, initials, a friendly greeting, or message of thanks. You’ll have a choice between 2 different fonts one decorative and a simple sans serif for your text, both custom designed by me. As is standard in all my card workshops, you will also learn how to make envelopes and envelope liners for your notecards by hand, something you can also do at home without a press. All materials will be provided, however if you have scrap or other decorative paper you’d like to use for your envelopes feel free to bring that with you. At the end of class you will take home 50 notecards with custom text that you printed to use for everyday correspondence with friends or family as well as a selection of handmade envelopes. You also get to take home the plate you printed with, so you can really show off! Theses also make a great personalized gift to give someone for a birthday, wedding or anniversary and you can tell them you printed the notecards just for them.

Date/Time: Saturday August 2, Noon-4:00 PM
Price: $195