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Introduction to Letterpress on the Vandercook, February 2023

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Sunday, February 5, 10am-4pm

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About this Workshop:

Get started with letterpress! This workshop will cover the basics of letterpress printing with antique lead type on a Vandercook flatbed cylinder press. You will learn how to set type, operate a Vandercook press, and clean the press; set a few lines of text of your own choosing; and print a small edition (10-15 prints). 

Level: Beginner – no experience necessary!

Registration closes January 28, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of any additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.

Sample posters in the last photo by Pyramid Artists


Registration includes a $10 materials fee to cover consumable materials. Students may also wish to bring the following optional items:

  • Personal apron (or substitute clothes that can get inky)
  • Comfortable shoes (you will be on your feet most of the day)
  • Pen and paper for taking notes


Theresa Esterlund is an artist and educator who lives in Arlington, Virginia. After retiring from a professional career in museum education, she channeled her vision to inspire compassionate connections into a stationery business that reflects the intersection of her artistic and mindfulness practices. Her collages are windows that open to the inside—as well as abstract landscapes and other arrangements. She brings her love of gathering, sorting, and composing to letterpress, which also gives her a path to integrate words and phrases from her poetry.

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