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Letterpress Workshop at Graven Feather
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Letterpress Workshop at Graven Feather

When I’m not busy designing or doing Recruitment Social Media Strategies at Bell, I teach Innovative Design and Production and Design part-time at Humber College. This past week I had the incredible opportunity to take my 3 sections of 100+ students to Graven Feather in Toronto to learn about the art of Letterpress printing.

Lettepress printing is experiencing a reemergence, especially in the wedding industry. It’s interesting because the embossed impression in the paper was actually considered a defect in the printing process. By today’s standards the defect is actually the most highly coveted part of Letterpress printing.

The students had the opportunity to work with mono type on 3 different types of printing processes to create customized prints. The workshop reinforced having an eye for detail, as well as the manual labour involved in printing. Most of the costs associated with Letterpress printing comes from the labour involved in pressing each individual print (not to mixing the ink to that perfect shade).

Thank you to Pam and Erin at Graven Feather for hosting us!

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