Designing for Letterpress with Micheline Courtemanche of Betty & Bing Letterpress 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
7pm - 9pm
nook collective
156 Augusta Ave
tel. 416. 500.6943 

From the inkling of an idea, to the tactile feeling of the pen hitting the paper, to the satisfaction of the textures left by the compression of the press on the printed piece – that's the beauty of Letterpress.

This workshop is for illustrators and designers with an interest in the creative potential of printing processes.

Join us for a two hour tour of different printing techniques, their advantages and their drawbacks, leading to letterpress, discovering it's unique qualities and it's limitations.

Discussion will focus on the physicality of letterpress and how it works, the pitfalls and possibilities found in such techniques as: overlapping, outlining, unregistered printing, blind impressions, visual embossing, and more. Through these examples we will discuss how different techniques should be handled when preparing digital files.

Participants are encouraged to bring in samples of work that they would like to have printed. The group will collaboratively consider each sample as a candidate for letterpress, based on the information gained in the class. Practical information from this portion of the class will be invaluable, as each application will be unique and pose different challenges.

Micheline Courtemanche is the proprietor of Betty & Bing, a letterpress print shop situated in the picturesque town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Betty & Bing are passionate about paper, ink, design and the infinite possibilities created by that combination. 

After fourteen years as a graphic designer, Micheline was finally able to unite all of these loves in one place: the letterpress print shop.


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