SVC has loved every moment of running a letterpress studio for nearly 20 years. Then the coronavirus said it was time to take a pause. This seemed like a signal to do things differently, and so we’ve supported our longtime shop manager, Jenny Wilkson, in the formation of a new venture called Partners in Print. We’ve donated all our presses, type, and equipment to PiP, who will be our partners in letterpress-related events, custom classes, and all the good, inky things you’ve come to expect from us.
Love letterpress? Then get to know Partners in Print.
How do you learn about letterpress printing when you can’t take an in-person class? Since we can’t deliver a printing press to you via the internet, we’ve got a better idea: online workshops where you’ll pick up skills and a big dose of inspiration.
Partners in Print brings people together by using old printing presses to amplify new voices, share knowledge, and spark creativity. Learn more about SVC’s letterpress legacy.
Do you care about freedom of speech, defending democracy, the healing power of poetry, or preserving hand craft and typographic history? All these causes, and countless others, have been served through the visual and tangible exclamation point of letterpress books, broadsides, and posters—the very forms of design and communication we keep alive at Partners in Print.
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. The Steamroller Smackdown had to take a pause while the coronavirus has its way with us. In the meantime, press on.
This is another letterpress program we’ve had to put on hold temporarily. In the meantime, we’ve figured out how to do virtual team-building events, including urban sketching, watercolor for beginners, and brainstorming. You can get your whole team involved, no matter where they live. To find out more, check out SVC's Corporate Training options.
For more than ten years, SVC’s letterpress community has worked with Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools program to publish poetry broadsides written by patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This worthy project is now in the good hands of Partners in Print.
Like all things letterpress at SVC, Kristen Ramirez will now do her good work under the auspices of our letterpress partner, Partners in Print. She creates across media, with works on paper, large-scale murals, sculpture, signage, and socially engaged public projects. Her work is often grounded in an investigation of place and how our environment impacts our identity. Kristen works for the City of Seattle managing public art projects for the Office of Arts & Culture and has served as artist-in-residence to the Department of Transportation (SDOT).