Letterpress Your Own Cards

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Print your own greeting cards using Spudnik Press’ traditional printing presses. The tactile quality of ink pressed into paper will surely leave an impression on the lucky recipients of your handmade cards!

To warm up and become familiar with the shop and the presses, everyone in the class will first print and share gift tags. Then, students will be able to set their own short saying or phrase and combine it with vintage relief blocks featuring festive illustrations (if desired). This workshop combines an overview of letterpress printing and history with hands-on art making, and it is a great way to try out a new hobby before taking a longer class. Students can bring any blank cards they desire (so everyone can pick out their favorite size and color). Taking turns, each student will lock up their type and independently print with our platen presses. Students will each make about 20 cards and are encouraged to make a few extras to trade as well! The class is limited to six students so that everyone has time to run a press independently.

What to Bring

Dabblers should bring 20 blank cards (any color, any standard size).

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

All printmaking supplies. Basic white 5x7” flat cards are available for students who do not bring their own folded cards.

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Hannah King received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago in Interdisciplinary Arts: Book and Paper Arts in 2013 and her BFA from Memphis College of Art in 2008. Her practice incorporates a wide range of mediums with an emphasis on alternative image making techniques in letterpress printing, hand papermaking, and bookbinding. She currently lives and works in Chicago.

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