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Introduction to Letterpress on the Vandercook

July 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm



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Introduction to Letterpress on the Vandercook, July 10, 2024 Registration
$ 167.00
5 available

An In-Studio Workshop!

Wednesday, July 10, 10:30am-4:30pm

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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 July 2, 2024. Material fees are included with your registration.


Featured photo by Pyramid Atlantic, other photos courtesy of Theresa Esterlund.


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

  • Personal apron (or substitute clothes that can get inky)
  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • Comfortable shoes (you’ll be on your feet for most of the day)
  • A few ideas for what you’d like to print – think of a simple phrase, saying, etc.


Kristina N. Matherne is an artist, master gardener, and educator living in Washington, D.C. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Stephen F. Austin State University. Following graduation, she worked with Master Printer Charles D. Jones printing and binding fine art books. She has worked as an educator in South Korea and southeast D.C. Kristina is passionate about advocating for education equity, incorporating art into urban communities, and working with others towards the peace and prosperity of her neighborhood. Her work is currently inspired by urban gardening in D.C.’s northeast community of Deanwood.



Really fun, informative, and well-paced. Felt like I learned a lot, enjoyably. Really a perfect experience.

—Previous Workshop Participant

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