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Introduction to Letterpress on the Vandercook, May 2023

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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An In-Studio Workshop!

Saturday, May 27, 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 May 19, 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.


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 might like to print – think simple phrase, saying, etc.


Sara Blumberg loves creating designs through all aspects of letterpress printing. She fell in love with the art after taking an introductory printing class at Pyramid two years ago. During the day Sara works as a design and content strategist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. focusing on ocean missions. Most evenings you can find her making new designs or trying new color combinations in the studio. Before letterpress, Sara worked as a journalist in Baltimore.



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

—Workshop Attendee, Fall 2022

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