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Creative letterpress workshop:
Once-upon-a-time book

no prerequisite, 8 working hours + light lunch,
$75 - $100 per person


Workshop overview

In Lead Graffiti's CREATIVE letterpress workshop, we handle the technical work so attendees can focus on the creativity and hands-on fun involved with printing via letterpress.

Over the past four years we have conducted letterpress and bookmaking workshops for more than 600 people. You do not need any prior experience for our creative letterpress workshops. Note: For those interested in our letterpress equipment rental, you must complete a 'technical' workshop on the appropriate equipment or provide solid evidence of your technical expertise.

We've developed our day-long, hands-on creative letterpress workshop for groups of 6 to 14 people. Working with handset wood & metal type, you'll use your imagination to create your part of a group experience. Anyone who likes doing things by hand and wants to sit back from the computer keyboard should consider this workshop.

Students will have an interesting typographic piece to include in their portfolio which will provide a great talking point in interviews. As a résumé bonus the workshop can be noted under education as you took the workshop, and under honors & awards because your work is in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library who maintains the complete series of our workshop books.

Some creative workshops are OPEN registration for all comers and others are LIMITED registration. We do workshops for area design schools which are restricted to their students. For any group of at least 6, we are happy to schedule a workshop that is reserved specifically for your group.

The end product of this workshop is an accordion-folded book (called a "meander" book). Everyone prints using our handcranked Vandercook SP15 for their book's cover and our automatic Vandercook Universal III for the book's text block. The text block is printed as a broadside (printed on one side only) on a 16" x 20" sheet. After some creative folding and tearing, everyone inserts their text block into their handmade, no-sew, no-glue cover. You'll complete one copy of the book during the workshop and take home the materials to complete two more on your own.

Email us with any questions or specific requests.

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See the entire list of upcoming letterpress workshops.