Intro to Letterpress
Mar
25
10:00 am10:00

Intro to Letterpress

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Introduction to Letterpress printing. Join Instructor Kathryn Hunter (owner of Blackbird Letterpress) in the printshop to learn the basics of the letterpress printing process. We'll cover hand setting type, mixing ink, makeready, and printing on a cylinder press and a platen press. We will discuss printing various forms: relief (lino cuts), hand set type, and photo polymer plates. Each student will be able to get on the press and take home pieces printed in class.

This class is $125, registration and prepayment is required in advance. All materials are provided. Space is limited to 6 students. 

Sign up for this class here!

Japanese Stab Bookbinding
Apr
8
12:00 pm12:00

Japanese Stab Bookbinding

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this course you’ll learn the ancient, traditional technique of Japanese-stab bookbinding. We'll begin with a simple 4-hole stitch, and work our way up to a more complicated, intermediate-level stitching pattern. You’ll leave with three handmade blank books and the basic knowledge to create your own custom patterns at home. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring additional supplies (like decorative papers or photographs) to personalize your project!

This class is $60 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

Printshop Social: Letterpress Coasters
Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Letterpress Coasters

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, join Becca for a night of printing coasters on a platen letterpress! She'll go over basic techniques of platen letterpress printing and hand setting type. Each student will be able to print their own set of coasters. All materials and refreshments are included.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!.

Western Case Bookbinding
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

Western Case Bookbinding

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this class you'll learn step-by-step how to bind your own hardcover book - perfect for use as a journal or sketchbook. You'll learn how to gather and sew pages, measure and build a hard-spine case, and customize and decorate with a cover inset (bring your own photo or print!), place-keeping ribbon, and headband. You may bring your own decorative paper to personalize your creation, or choose from the assortment we'll provide. All materials are included, and all skill levels are welcome.

This class is $95 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

 

Letterpress Paper Flowers
May
3
6:00 pm18:00

Letterpress Paper Flowers

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this fun evening class, you'll create a small bouquet of paper flowers, made from an assortment of colorful paper printed with letterpress patterns. Perfect to give to Mom on Mother's Day! You'll also take home a step-by-step guide so you can grow your own paper flower garden!

This class is $30 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!

Printshop Social: Letterpress Postcards
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Letterpress Postcards

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, join Rebecca for a bit of printshop social-activism, as we collaborate to design and print a set of postcards to send to our elected representatives. As a group, we'll decide on an idea and hand-set the type, and everyone will get a chance to print on the Vandercook letterpress. Then we'll make our voices heard! We'll even provide the stamps.

This class is $15 and includes all materials and refreshments. Registation and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!.

Linoleum-cut printing on the Vandercook
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Linoleum-cut printing on the Vandercook

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Over the course of this all-day workshop, you’ll learn how to design, transfer, and carve an image into a block of linoleum for a 2-color print. Once your image is ready, you’ll learn the basics of how to lock up, register, and print your image using our Vandercook letterpress. You can expect to complete an edition of ten 8”x10” prints on cotton letterpress paper.  Linoleum, ink, paper, and carving tools are all provided. All skill levels are welcome–all you need is your imagination and a favorite image (a photo, a drawing, or even something you’ve found online) that you want to turn into a print.

This class is $110 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

Say it Loud!
Jul
15
12:00 pm12:00

Say it Loud!

  • Blackbird Letterpress

"Freedom of the press is only guaranteed to those who own one."

Before letterpress was Martha Stewart's choice for wedding invitations, it was used as a way to share information. With a printing press and moveable type, you could say anything and share it, in physical form and send it out to the masses. Like a letterpress printed tweet!

Learn about letterpress and handsetting wood and lead type in while making a broadside poster with Hope. Together we will plan a design, set it, print and take home a few prints each.  All materials are included.

Class is $50. Registration and pre-payment is required. Sign up here!


Re-introduction to Letterwriting
Mar
11
12:00 pm12:00

Re-introduction to Letterwriting

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Do you have a box of favorite letters in your closet? Do you have a box of favorite emails?

Reinvigorate your interest in letter writing! First we will use the press to print lined paper for writing. Next, using found materials, we will learn to make a simple one-piece stationery that can be folded and mailed without an envelope. You will receive a template that can be followed strictly if you like instructions, or mostly disregarded if you don't like following rules. The goal is to create stationery that will inspire while offering ourselves a chance to slow down a little in our communications. 

This class is $50, which includes all materials, and is lead by Hope, a studio assistant and printer here at Blackbird. Registration and pre-payment is required. Sign up online here!

 

Printshop Social: Instant Zine
Mar
10
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Instant Zine

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month, our press operator and zine enthusiast Hope will show you how to make a zine from one piece of paper. We will print from our collection of metal and linoleum images, and fold it into a tiny instant zine you can take home. All materials provided.  

Class is $15. Registration and pre-payment is required Sign up online here!

Calligraphy with Margaret Corley
Mar
9
6:30 pm18:30

Calligraphy with Margaret Corley

  • Blackbird Letterpress

Learn modern calligraphy with Margaret Corley or Proper Prints.

The class is hands on and personal! You will learn the basics of the dip pen and the lowercase alphabet in modern calligraphy. We will also cover different types of supplies and where to purchase them. The beginner’s class is $125 and all supplies are included in class cost. Class is Thursday night, March 9, 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

Beginner’s Class Supplies, you’ll get:
1 Pen Staff
2 Nibs
Black Ink
Custom Alphabet
Practice Pad

Read more about Margaret:
http://www.properprintspaper.com/
http://www.thecuriouscalligrapher.com/

Printshop Social: Matchbook Notebooks
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Printshop Social: Matchbook Notebooks

  • Blackbird Letterpress

The first of our monthly shop letterpress social! On the 2nd Friday of the month, join us for refreshments and a fun crafty project lead by someone from our shop. Great event for couples, friends, colleagues, or solo.

This month Rebecca will demonstrate how to print on the C&P platen letterpress – and teach you how to sew your print into a mini pocket (or wallet) sized matchbook-style notebook. Enjoy complimentary refreshments, and enjoy some hands-on art making on our vintage equipment.

Sign up online here! This class is $15, and includes all materials and refreshments.

Love-ly Letterpress Pop-Up Cards
Feb
4
12:00 pm12:00

Love-ly Letterpress Pop-Up Cards

  • Blackbird Letterpress

In this class you’ll make your own set of 5 unique pop-up cards – just in time for Valentine’s Day, but perfect for any occasion.


First, learn the basics of letterpress printing on the Vandercook SP-15 cylinder press to print the outside of your cards. Then, learn a variety of pop-up techniques to make the inside of your cards tons of fun and completely one-of-a-kind.

The cost for this class is $60, includes all materials  and Rebecca  printer at designer at Blackbird, is your guide for this handmade journey.

Sign up online here!