Interested in learning more about the art of letterpress printing?
If you want to get your hands dirty and experience letterpress printing for yourself, our small group and private letterpress lessons are just the thing. You'll work with vintage wood and metal typographic fonts. You'll learn the basics of running an antique Vandercook flatbed printing press, as well as our 1906 Chandler & Price platen press.
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This class is taught by co-op member and letterpress artist Brannon Carter and his wife Robin. Together, they run R&B Printery, an eco-friendly letterpress printing studio specializing in greeting cards and custom stationery for businesses, individuals and special events.
WMAC letterpress artist Brannon Carter and his artist wife Robin own and run R&B Printery, an eco-friendly letterpress greeting card and stationery company. Printing equipment in the West Main Artists Co-op is an integral component to the success of their small business.
The Printery was started with the acquisition of a Vandercook proofing press #2, and a complement of type faces and other miscellaneous items which were acquired from the Print Museum outside Boston, MA.. With the addition of a Chandler & Price platen press 8” x 12” which was purchased from a printing company in Gaffney, South Carolina, we expanded our capabilities to produce printed material, and also teach others about letterpress printing techniques.
We are currently working to restore a Chandler & Price 12” x 18” press to working condition. This will allow us to print small signatures for books and other printed material.
We have been able to expand our foundry type library, from miscellaneous sources, some gifted, some purchased as they became available. We now have about 96 fonts of foundry type in various families, and also we have a small assortment of wood type.
We continue to look for
equipment and type, and our latest acquisition is a 25 rack galley
cabinet with galleys to store type jobs which have been set by students
taking classes in letterpress composition.
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