Holiday Typesetting
Dec
2
10:00 AM10:00

Holiday Typesetting

'Tis the season - for holiday cards! Rather than buy yours at a store, why not design and print your own? That's exactly what you'll get to do in this holiday typesetting class.

You'll get the chance to explore our collection of metal and wood type, along with vintage image cuts. We'll learn a bit about the history and technique of setting type by hand, and then you'll design and typeset your own greeting card. Then we'll go step by step to learn in depth about the process of make-ready and printing on our Vandercook letterpress.

You'll take away a set of 20 cards of your design - or swap a few with your classmates!

This class is $110 and is taught by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. Price includes all materials. Preregistration is required. Sign up here

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Printshop Social- letterpress gift boxes
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social- letterpress gift boxes

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.

Join Dawn in the Blackbird printshop to print and make your own letterpress gift boxes. Perfect timing for learning this origami technique for boxes that are perfect for small treats and gifts. Letterpress print your own and fold. Enjoy a beverage and bring a friend.

Class is $15, and preregistration is required. These socials can fill up fast so register today, here!

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HOLIDAY SALE & OPEN HOUSE 12/9
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

HOLIDAY SALE & OPEN HOUSE 12/9

Our annual HOLIDAY SALE and OPEN HOUSE is Saturday December 9, 2017 10-4. We'll open our printshop with lots of Holiday items for sale, plus printing demos and samples for our upcoming workshops in the Spring. Come crank a letterpress and print your own card.

We are super excited to feature guest products by Pistachio Press & The Great Lakes Goods. Calendars, bright home goods and more. And Barbara Donovan pottery, with quirky animal inspired cups and platters plus Press Relief Prints, with linocut prints, handmade tshirts, and jewelry, will be there. Blackbird products will be there along with some fun mystery gift packs plus more.

Hope to see you all there! Come check off all your gift buying lists. 

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Intro to Letterpress
Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to 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!

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Basic Bookbinding- Accordion
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Basic Bookbinding- Accordion

Bookbinding can be a long and complicated process - but it doesn't have to be! Rebecca will teach a bookbinding technique that is simple to learn but has tons of potential for experimentation and creativity. 

Accordions: this no-sew book form is perfect for a bookbinding newbie or an experienced bookbinder. We'll learn the basic construction and explore ways of designing 2D and 3D (pop up!) content for our books.

Class is held 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Blackbird Letterpress, 1607 S.Main St Baton Rouge and is taught by Blackbird printer and designer Rebecca.

Preregistration is required, reserve your spot here.

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Printshop Social: Thanks-printing
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Thanks-printing

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 is the month of Thanksgiving!  Join Rebecca for an evening of letterpress as we design, print, and score a set of thank you cards.  

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

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Basic Bookbinding- Longstitch
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

Basic Bookbinding- Longstitch

Unfortunately this class is CANCELED.

Check out next week's accordion binding class and look for our upcoming Spring schedule!

 

Bookbinding can be a long and complicated process - but it doesn't have to be! In this class, Rebecca will teach a bookbinding technique that is simple to learn but has tons of potential for experimentation and creativity.

November 8 - Longstitch: Though it looks complicated, this beautiful style with exposed stitching on the spine can be mastered in no time. We'll create a cloth-bound blank book with a tie closure, perfect for an on-the-go journal.

Space is limited. Sign up here to reserve your space.

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Western Case Bookbinding
Oct
21
10:00 AM10:00

Western Case Bookbinding

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

 

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Canceled- Printshop Social: Animation / Thaumatrope
Oct
13
7:00 PM19:00

Canceled- Printshop Social: Animation / Thaumatrope

So sorry, this month's Social has been canceled due to low enrollment.

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 Kathryn to learn the create a Thaumatrope. The classic Victorian Thaumatrope was one of the first methods of animation. It is an optical toy where two sides of a paper circle are printed. Strings are added to the sides and then twisted between your fingers merging both images into one as it spins (an optical illusion created by the persistence of vision). We will letterpress print both sides of a heavyweight paper circle with different images in the class to create your own unique spinner.

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

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Papercutting
Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

Papercutting

Join Kathryn for a little history about the art of papercutting, discussion on how to plan a papercutting project and a demonstration. Then try your hand at cutting your own papercut. Materials are provided to work in class. See examples in the photos and also more of Kathryn's own papercutting at kathrynhunterfineart.com

Class is $40 and will be held Wednesday, 6:30pm-8:30pm, October 11 in our studio at 1607 Main St, Baton Rouge. Preregistration is required, sign up here. Class limited to 6 students. A minimum of 3 students required for class to occur.

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Calligraphy with Margaret Corley
Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

Calligraphy with Margaret Corley

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, September 28, 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/

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Paper Flowers
Sep
20
6:30 PM18:30

Paper Flowers

*this class is cancelled due to low enrollment*

In this fun evening class, you'll create a small bouquet of paper flowers, made from an assortment of colorful papers and prints. Once you learn a few basic techniques, you'll be able to grow your own paper flower garden! 

This class is $35 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here!

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Fall Sale & Open House
Sep
16
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Sale & Open House

Join us on Saturday the 16th of September as we open our doors and invite you to see the machinery that makes Blackbird Letterpress. Meet the printers, designers and staff, see examples of our upcoming classes and pick up a card for a friend! Our new class schedule for fall will be out and you will be able to ask questions, meet the instructors, and reserve your spot in the classes of your choice. We will also have our work for sale, light refreshments and plenty to see. Plus, we'll have a special FEATURED artist- Tim's Garage (Brad Jensen of Bricks&Bombs). He'll have t-shirts, hats, and prints for sale and will do a printing demonstration as well!

This event is free and open to the public. No need to RSVP just come by!

1607 Main St Baton Rouge 

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Printshop Social: Pamphlet Stitch
Sep
8
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Pamphlet Stitch

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.

Hey, put down that expensive moleskin notebook! You won’t need it anymore after this workshop because you’ll be making your own BETTER THAN MOLESKIN books. We’ll focus on the pamphlet structure, a fundamental part of bookbinding. We’ll explore how to use reclaimed and recycled materials for covers and innards.  Jessica Peterson of The Southern Letterpress is coming up from New Orleans to show us how its done.

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

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Printshop Social: Letterpress Postcards
Aug
11
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Letterpress Postcards

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!.

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Pressure Printing
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Pressure Printing

In this class, you’ll learn the fun and spontaneous process of pressure printing - a relief technique that uses collage and stencils directly on the press. The results are rich, painterly prints that are full of texture. This low-tech process allows you to quickly create layered, multicolored backgrounds and imagery. 

We’ll start with learning the basics of using the Vandercook letterpress, experiment as a class with a variety of collage and stencil materials, and then create to our heart’s content!

This class is $60 and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. All materials are provided, however students are also encouraged to bring their own found materials to experiment with. Anything thin and flexible could potentially be printed!

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

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Bookbinding: Coptic Binding
Jul
29
10:00 AM10:00

Bookbinding: Coptic Binding

In this class you will learn the basics of coptic binding, gathering and sewing pages into a hard cover book, taught by Kathryn Hunter. Each student will get to choose a vintage book cover for their book from our collection, or bring your own vintage cover. Your book can either have blank pages or use our preprinted datebook pages. Small enough to fit in your bag, large enough for sketching. Coptic binding is a beautiful bookbinding method using a hard cover with visible sewing along the spine, AND it opens flat for easy use. Registration and pre-payment is required. Saturday July 29 10am-3pm.

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Say it Loud!
Jul
15
12:00 PM12:00

Say it Loud!

"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!

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Printshop Social: Print Your Own Banner
Jul
14
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Print Your Own Banner

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 Hope in making a banner to celebrate the hot and humid summer days! We will print letters, cut them on one of our antique presses, and string them up with plenty of opportunities to embellish. Welcome a new baby home, celebrate a birthday or brighten up a room with a custom paper banner.

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

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canceled---Paste Paper--a decorative paper technique
Jun
24
12:00 PM12:00

canceled---Paste Paper--a decorative paper technique

Invented by 16th century nuns, paste paper is an historical method of making decorative paper by hand. A mixture of pigment, wheat paste and water is moved across the surface of paper to create different patterns and textures. This is a fun and easy technique. Resulting papers can be used in a myriad of ways, from bookbinding to scrapbooking to collages.

This class is led by Jessica Peterson of The Southern Letterpress.  All materials are included with the $60  registration. Prepayment is required. Sign up online here

 

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Longstitch Bookbinding
Jun
10
12:00 PM12:00

Longstitch Bookbinding

In this class you'll learn step-by-step how to bind your own softcover book - perfect for use as a journal or sketchbook. You'll learn how to gather and fold pages, sew to a leather or cloth cover material, and add a tie or button closure.  All materials are included, and all skill levels are welcome.

This class is $70 which includes all materials and is lead by Rebecca, a printer and designer at Blackbird. 

Registration and prepayment is required. Sign up online here

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Printshop Social: Pop-Ups!
Jun
9
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Pop-Ups!

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 some basic techniques for designing pop-up books and cards. We'll print from our collection of type and metal and linoleum images to customize our poppin' creations. All materials provided.

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

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"I Can't Draw!" Drawing Workshop
Jun
7
to Jun 21

"I Can't Draw!" Drawing Workshop

There is so much more to drawing than drawing from life! In this series of workshops, we will explore different ways of drawing, and mark making, trying a variety of media and techniques. This is an opportunity to shake up your ideas of being artistic, and let your adventurous spirit reign.   Each class will be an opportunity to try new materials, or familiar materials in new ways, focusing on creativity and exploration over final compositions. 

Drawing is a create way to shake up our perspective, a way of loosening creativity with just a few basic items. This class is designed for those who want to do something creative but think they cannot draw or are not artistic because they never mastered 2 point perspective. This class is also good for working artists who want a fresh approach to their work, in any medium. 

June 7--Lines! In this class we will begin with just two drawing utensils and see how far we can go with it. We will use a variety of drawing exercises to loosen up our drawing muscles and see what we can make with limited materials.  This class is the first in the series. This class by itself is $35 or sign up for all 3 for $100.

June 14--Color! In this class, we will introduce color! Working on what we explored in the first class, or working from your own experience we will use add a few colors to our compositions, building and creating again with limited materials for maximum creativity.  This class alone is $35 or you can take all 3 classes for $100.

June 21--Ink! I find inks are a great way to get a variety of line and wash, with the saturation and definition of a hard line. We will bust our the ink bottles and and brushes,and maybe even experiment with pen nibs Again, you will be able to build upon what we have tried in other classes or take this class on its own to experiment with an unfamiliar medium.  This class alone is $45 or $100 if you sign up for all three. 

You may attend one class or all three.  All materials will be provided, and if you sign up for all three classes at once, you will receive a sketchbook to keep! 

Classes are held on three consecutive Wednesday nights, June 7, 14 and 21 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm at Blackbird Letterpress, 1607 S.Main St Baton Rouge and are taught by Blackbird printer, Hope.

Space is limited. Sign up here to reserve your space.

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Linoleum-cut printing on the Vandercook
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Linoleum-cut printing on the Vandercook

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

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May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: May CANCELED

It's the 2nd Friday of the month and usually at Blackbird that means Printshop Social time--but we are taking the month off! Have fun at Hot Art Cool Nights in Midcity and stop by the Midcity Makers Market, corner of Government St and S Eugene. We'll be back next month with a fun project for you!

***don't miss our open house one week before! May 6 from 10 am till 3 pm. We will have information about classes, demos and a special featured artist in our pop-up shop!

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Letterpress Paper Flowers
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Letterpress Paper Flowers

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!

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Western Case Bookbinding
Apr
22
10:00 AM10:00

Western Case Bookbinding

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

 

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Printshop Social: Letterpress Coasters
Apr
14
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Letterpress Coasters

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!.

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Intro to Letterpress
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Intro to 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!

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Re-introduction to Letterwriting
Mar
11
12:00 PM12:00

Re-introduction to Letterwriting

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!

 

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Printshop Social: Instant Zine
Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Printshop Social: Instant Zine

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!

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Calligraphy with Margaret Corley
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

Calligraphy with Margaret Corley

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/

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