LETTERPRESS CLASSES & OPEN ACCESS STUDIO

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 classes 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, in 2014 she flung open the doors to her letterpress world and share her infectious enthusiasm.

Introduction to Letterpress classes are for people of all backgrounds and disciplines. You don't need to be an illustrator or a designer, you don't need to be in with the cool kids. You need only a curious and open mind.

INTRODUCTION TO LETTERPRESS

OPEN STUDIO SESSIONS

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 ‘Maria’ the ‘Canon Pixma of 1952’.

Price: $250 (GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE)

10am - 4pm

This is a full day class and the price 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 printing sessions are available for students who have completed either the Introductory class or a Private class. Book in for a half day (4 hours) or a full day (8 hours) and print your own letterpress project, whether it's for fun or for sale. Guided sessions include a re-cap of the principles learned in the Introductory class, assisted set-up and make-ready, and ongoing 'press-side-assistance' throughout your session. Solo sessions are for those more comfortable with the whole process who can set-up alone and with minimal assistance.

Guided Session: $50 PER HOUR + MATERIALS

Solo Session: $25 PER HOUR + MATERIALS

The prices are exclusive of paper and plates. You are welcome to bring along your own materials or they can be ordered for you at a small fee. Price includes all sundry items such as ink, tools, rags and clean-up materials.

PRIVATE CLASS

SIGN UP FOR 2015 CLASS DATES

Private classes are for those who want to explore letterpress in greater detail and with the opportunity to print their own design piece. It is recommended for designers, illustrators or students of design, but it can be tailored to suit people with little or no design experience. A maximum of two people can attend the private class; you can attend the class as single or split the cost over two.

Price: $850 (GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE)

Times and dates negotiable

This is a full day class and the price includes materials for a 1-colour letterpress print up to A5 in size and 100 in quantity from a selection of house paper stock. Additional colours or alternative papers are available at an additional fee.

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