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Introduction to Letterpress on the Vandercook, Oct 2023

October 1, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This class is currently at capacity. To be added to a waitlist, please email us your name and the name of the class using the button below. We'll let you know if a spot opens up and/or another session is added.

An In-Studio Workshop!

Sunday, October 1, 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 September 23, 2023. 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 simple phrase, saying, etc.


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. Learn more about her work online at www.opentobeing.com and on Instagram @opentobeing.



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

—Previous Workshop Attendee

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