LETTERPRESS ACADEMY

Learn all about modern letterpress printing in a fun and creative environment.

Letterpress is an enigma. You see it everywhere - all the cool kids have letterpress business cards, letterpress wedding invitations and letterpress greeting cards. Letterpress projects appear all over design blogs making you want to reach into your computer screen and touch it. What’s so special about this printing process and how does it all work?

The aim of Saint Gertrude’s Letterpress Academy in Melbourne is to do more than just give students a behind the curtain look at letterpress. These unique letterpress classes are a one-of-a-kind offering in Australia; throwing away the curtains to give ‘Access All Areas’ to the intriguing and beautiful world of letterpress printing.

Classes have been developed and will be taught by Saint Gertrude founder Amy Constable, one of Australia's original 'new' letterpress printers. Six years ago, Amy rescued and breathed life back into these two unique presses and since then, her letterpress work has been featured on countless blogs and magazines and was included in the prestigious Under Consideration 2013 FPO Awards. Amy's particular specialty is working daily within the challenging limitations of a manual printing press to produce work of the highest possible commercial quality and she is the only commercial letterpress printer in Australia who specialises in this manual process. Working humbly and steadfastly on her craft until now, 2014 is the year to fling open the doors to her letterpress world and share her infectious enthusiasm.

Letterpress Academy classes have been split into two streams for students of varied experience so that people of all interests and creative (or non-creative) backgrounds can benefit from the program. The classes are held bi-monthly in the gorgeous Little Gold Studios in Brunswick.

INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS

LETTERPRESS FOR DESIGNERS

This class is for anyone and everyone interested in learning more about letterpress. With no design or print experience required, this full day workshop begins with a history of the letterpress process and a letterpress demonstration before getting your hands inky on ‘Gordon’ the 100-year-old printing press and ‘Percy’ the ‘Canon Pixma of 1952’.

Price: $250 - BOOK NOW

Fee includes lunch and refreshments plus you will take home your own hand-printed letterpress prints valued at $100 and a letterpress gift pack valued at $25.

Follow-up classes for Introduction students interested in furthering their skills in letterpress and using the presses for ongoing work.

These are private classes for professional designers and illustrators, or students of design with thorough working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

Part of the Designer Program includes ongoing access to the press for your own use (as well as 6 months 'Press-side Assistance') giving you the opportunity to print letterpress projects at low ‘press for hire’ rates.

Price: $650 - BOOK NOW

Class fee includes lunch and refreshments plus you will take home your own hand-printed letterpress project valued at up to $500.

UPCOMING CLASS DATES

SEMESTER 2, 2014:

Saturday 30th August

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

INTRODUCTION

SOLD OUT

Saturday 13th September

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

DESIGNER

SOLD OUT

Saturday 20th September

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

INTRODUCTION

LIMITED SPACES

Saturday 11th October

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

DESIGNER

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Saturday 18th October

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

INTRODUCTION

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Saturday 8th November

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

DESIGNER

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Saturday 22nd November

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

INTRODUCTION

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Saturday 6th December

10am - 4pm

Little Gold Studios, Brunswick

DESIGNER

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