This workshop is inspired by the Dutch artist W.H. Werkman, who used letters as forms and played around with them to make art! Using the same methods, we will be applying the ink by hand and use the type upside down, like stamps. No time will be lost worrying about the “technical” side of letterpress, but we’ll work organically and focus instead on the shapes you want to create and the colors you want to use.
The day will start with an introduction of Werkman and his life and work, and then swiftly dive into making art! The first part of the day we’ll use the wood type as shapes to create colorful images on paper. After a break we will then use stencils and brayers to work even more free form.
Whilst making your art, you will learn about the presses at Pyramid Atlantic and how to operate them. At the end of the day you will go home with your own truly unique work!
Level: All levels welcome – no previous experience needed!
Registration extended through September 27, 2022. Material fees are included with your registration, though a list of additional items needed to be gathered/purchased will be sent with your confirmation.
First two feature images by Elisabeth Boerwinkel; additional samples by W.H. Werkman