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Letterpress Club: All Types of Type, Oct 2023

October 21, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm



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A 5-Week In-Studio Workshop!

Saturdays, October 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18, 10am-1pm

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About this Workshop:

Go beyond basic typesetting in this series to explore a variety of creative expressions with type. Each week, you’ll have a new “type challenge” to design and print on the Vandercook or tabletop presses. There will be options for expanding and combining techniques, so be prepared to experiment and try new ideas! You’ll work on collaborative and individual projects and end up with a variety of complete prints as well as experimental bits and pieces to use in future prints, collage, bookmaking, and more. 

  • Week 1: Designing with Letters – Using wood type to create shapes, patterns, and designs
  • Week 2: Layering Type – Overprinting and layering colors
  • Week 3: Integrating Color – Adding a color pop to a phrase or print multiple typeset lines in 2 colors
  • Weeks 4 and 5: Combinations and Extensions – Continue working on techniques or develop a new project incorporating a range of techniques

Level: Intermediate – Introduction to Letterpress (on the Vandercook or Tabletop) or similar experience (6 hours) is required.

Registration closes October 13, 2023. Material fees are included with your registration to cover the supplies provided in class. Students will need to gather/purchase additional materials for class (see the materials list below). This list will also be provided with the registration confirmation email.

Photos by Theresa Esterlund; “My Vote” poster by Pyramid Atlantic artists


Registration includes a $20 materials fee to cover consumable materials provided in class, including paper and ink. Students may want to bring the following optional items to class as well:

  • Personal apron (we’ll have extras in class) or wear clothes that can get messy
  • Notebook/sketchbook to take notes
  • Any personal type to try or share


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.

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