Letterpress orientation at Darmouth College
Tonight I attended the second of two letterpress orientation sessions at Dartmouth College – they have an amazing letterpress studio. I was really lucky when someone gave up their spot at the last minute and I was able to snag it!
Once you take the orientation, you’re able to attend the open studio sessions (if you can get in). The open sessions allow you to work on your own projects using the studio’s type, ink, and paper (for limited runs).
I loved digging into the type. We were given a map of how the alphabet was laid out in the tray and it took me a while to remember the location of some of the more common letters.
We had to bring a poem to use for our first layout and much to my dismay, I was the slowest person in the class. I’m not big on poetry, so I picked the first poem I could think of, i carry your heart with me by E. E. Cummings. I love this poem, but it took a long time to set the type for it.
Had I thought it through some more, I probably would have picked something shorter – probably something by Shel Silverstein or Dr. Suess.
It was so satisfying to pull that first print out of the press!
I loved the process. I wanted to learn letterpress for so long and now (more or less) I know how to do it! Being me, I immediately started researching the cost of letterpress equipment.
Not that I have anywhere to put it.
Not that that’s stopping me. 🙂