Wouldn’t you agree that spending more hours in front of a computer screen isn’t something we should aspire to? Well, allow us to present the perfect antidote to too much digital. Here, at SVC, we teach people of all levels how to use their hands, brains, and eyes to create beautiful, touchable, lovable art using the centuries-old craft of letterpress printing.
Letterpress classes and workshops at SVC can take you from a true beginner, all the way to becoming an accomplished printer.
After this fun, 2-hour, hands-on sampling of the joy of letterpress, you'll walk away with as many posters as you can design and print. No prior experience is needed — just a couple of hours of your time.
Our foundational 10-week course on the essentials of letterpress is for those who have never printed before, or are new to SVC. This class will give you a thorough introduction to typesetting, printing, and proper shop techniques.
This 10-week evening course provides advanced instruction for students who have taken the Level 1 course, while more accomplished students can take this class as continuing studies to pursue their personal projects with expert supervision.
There are more letterpress workshops at SVC for all levels than we have room to include here. Sometimes we'll do a deep dive on inks, carving, or printing with objects other than type and engravings. We can even do letterpress team-building days for corporations. Times vary; learning and enjoyment don't.
Crazy, creative artists. Indelible ink. Sharp instruments. And a 5-ton steamroller. If that's not the perfect combination for fun, we don't know what is. Each August, SVC and the South Lake Union Block Party co-present the Steamroller Smackdown, where teams of top artists and design firms from around the Northwest print oversized posters with a steamroller instead of a printing press.
SVC just celebrated our 16th Annual Letterpress Wayzgoose — an annual party by letterpress printers, for letterpress printers and the people who love them. Attendees enjoyed a letterpress marketplace, studio tours, a gallery show, keepsake printing, and of course, local letterpress printers swapping antique equipment and art. Come join us for the next one happening September 2018.
This collaboration between SVC and Seattle Arts & Lectures' Writers in the Schools program at Seattle Children's Hospital yields some of the most moving and meaningful work to come off our presses. Terminally ill and long-term patients write poems from the heart that SVC's team of letterpress artists turn into stunning broadsides. Seven volumes of poems have been created so far, thanks to invaluable donations from Neenah Paper, Puget Bindery, Ecological Fibers, and Boxcar Press.
SVC is pleased to announce that the wonderful Glenn Fleishman will be our 2017 Designer in Residence. Glenn — a technology journalist by trade — will be getting back to his analog roots letterpress printing a book of his reporting at SVC. Hands On: the Original Digital connects the history of printing and type with present-day uses. He'll be documenting what he learns and tying together the best of digital and letterpress to make the book. You can follow along on his blog, or just stop by the shop to say “hello!”