While the word "freshman" may conjure memories of swirlies, zits, and being stuffed inside lockers by the seniors, we at Workshop fondly use the term "freshman" to denote...your first time
. And in this case, its with letterpress! Join instructors Taylor Reid and Erin Fong, owners of the newly minted Western Editions letterpress company, as they guide you through your first time using a Vandercook printing press to create a two-color letterpress poster! In this course, you will learn the basics of setting wood type and how to print from from photo polymer plates. You will learn how to achieve a deep impression and register multiple colors onto paper. Lastly, you will learn the setup and clean up of the press. For your two-color poster, you will set vintage wood type to finish the sentence "Home is where the...." You will also print a decorative border around the edges of the poster. You will take home an edition of ten 8.5 X 11, two-color posters to fill your walls and gift to friends!
Sound good? Good! Now air raid freshman, or that’s your ass.
supplies needed: none
VERY IMPORTANT: THIS CLASS TAKES PLACE AT WESTERN EDITIONS STUDIO LOCATED AT 505 BRODERICK STREET. THIS CLASS DOES NOT TAKE PLACE AT WORKSHOPSF! THERE WILL BE A SIGN AT 505 BRODERICK STREET FOR WESTERN EDITIONS STUDIO.
Western Editions is comprised of Erin Fong and Taylor Reid, two friends living in the Western Addition neighborhood (...get it?), who share a love for letterpress, design, giggles and all around cute-stuff. Erin and Taylor both learned printing in the same small tiny press in the upstairs library at the University of Nevada, Reno and lo and behold coincidentally landed in San Francisco at the same time years later. Taylor worked at a commercial letterpress print shop in SOHO and had a residency at The Center for the Book Arts in New York City. Erin currently works at Peter Koch Printers and John Demerritt Bookbinding. Both have done time at SFCB. Erin and Taylor keep it real by freelancing design and letterpress work, selling their wares at local shops and events, baking cupcakes and riding bikes to the ocean.