Two Vancouver letterpress updates from this week.
Over tea and beer, the Vancouver Letterpress League has formed.
We’re an informal group of letterpress printers (both commercial/jobbers and fine press), bookbinders, graphic designers, and artists. Some of us are hobbyists or starting on letterpress-related paths others are more experienced. Everyone is welcome. The idea is to meet every couple of months to a) meet others in the field b) split costs on various purchases and c) build letterpress awareness overall in Vancouver. Some Letterpress League members are also part of the Alcuin Society and the W2 lettepress group, so there’s a nice crossover of information.
Join us online:
Flickr: Vanletpressleague: www.flickr.com/groups/vanletpressleague
Facebook: Vancouver Letterpress League: https://www.facebook.com/groups/vanletpressleague/
We’ll have a blog page up by the end of the year along with another meetup.
This group does not have workshops or access to equipment. If that’s what you’re after, read on ….
The W2 letterpress studio is closer to being open.
Located at W2 is a sign-making letterpress proof press and many, many beautiful cabinets of wood, metal and polymer type. The press was successfully used for a few workshops in the old W2 location, and many people (especially Honey Mae and Warren) have been involved in trying to get it up and running in its new home across the street. Today I worked with some other volunteers to continue setting up a work area in the studio. One of our goals today was to make room for a Chandler and Price 10×15 press that W2 recently rescued. It’s in storage waiting for its new life.
There is a new volunteer coordinator for the W2 letterpress, Gabriella Solti. The plan is to have water-based letterpress printing workshops, training for various volunteers/ technicians, and as longer-term plan have open studio access with supervision. Sign up through W2 as a volunteer to stay informed about the W2 letterpress. I’m not closely involved with it, but I will try to spread information as I can and put you in touch with Gabriella. The letterpress continues to be fully volunteer-run, so your patience, I’m sure, will be appreciated.