Post # 1
So I’ve been a bit of a letterpress nazi since I got engaged, and even more so in the past month. My city has a few commercial letterpress companies, but nothing that does work with individual clients. There is no letterpress studios either. I kept searching however…
And I found someone! In the most unlikely of places. He’s an English Professor at the University I’m doing my graduate work at. I found an article that said he gave a letterpress demo every year during literacy week. Long story short, I went to the English Department today, and he opened the door to a little room at the end of the hall – and in it was 4 presses – including 2 Chandler and Price presses, and tons of type.
It was so sweet because he actually ASKED to teach me – he told me that the department is looking to get rid of the presses and that if I “would let him teach me” then he would have justification to the department to keep it open. (apparently no one has used them in 20 years).
And to put the cherry on top of it – it’s my 1 year out day to my wedding! I have plenty o time to learn how to work the presses and press all of my own invitation suites.
I am so excited I can barely think straight!
Post # 3
That is great! I wanted Letterpress also, but unfortunately i am having a small wedding and no one was wililng to do less than 100 invites. I wish my Fiancee’s department had a press shop.
Post # 4
A door opens… and the room is full of letterpress machines! Very lucky. More like it was kismet. Post pics of what you learn to do!
Post # 5
WOW! You are so lucky! Get started now and crank those invites out early so it doesn’t become a stressor.
Post # 6
I am SO jealous!!! I’m dying to learn to letterpress! I’m bound and determined to learn and then get a press for my workshop in our “new house” (wherever that ends up being!).
Post # 7
@jacinda10: that’s awesome! Youre so lucky
Post # 8
*drool* I am so envious right now. I would love to get my hands on one of those things and learn to use it.
Post # 9
I legit have been reading this textbook he lent me since I got home. I literally heard like the “heavens singing” music when he opened that door and I saw all the equipment. I think once he teaches me how to type-set (he just uses the old type, not the new photopolymer plates), If I can’t find any type I like, I may order a plate. But I am thinking that it would be even cooler to have everything printed with the old type.
And girls in Toronto and Vancouver – you have LOTS of letterpress studios! Calgary has NONE. We have a commercial letterpress that wouldn’t even talk to me.
Post # 10
@jacinda10: I should be happy for you but i am not that big of a person.
Post # 12
I’m in Calgary as well and if you decide you want to use polymer plates and don’t want to pay for the base, you are welcome to use my press. I’ve been dying to get into letterpress forever and I finally bought a press of my own. Do you have contact info for the prof at the university? I’d love to get my hands on some type!
Post # 13
@shelyn: you have a press? amazing! And I actually may take you up on that – one of the main reasons I was thinking of using type was to avoid buying those pesky expensive bases. I haven’t started my lessons with him, we start the 22nd. What sort of press do you have / do you do letterpress regularly? Send me a private message 🙂