Saturday, August 14, 2010

Starshaped Press at WNYBAC & New Prints

This past weekend, Jen and Sarah of Starshaped Press joined us at the Book Arts Center for two excellent workshops.

The first workshop on Thursday was taught by Sarah, and offered participants the opportunity to learn how to prepare and cut a linoleum block for printing.

A carved block and two of the prints we made:

On Saturday, Jen, the lead designer at Starshaped Press, offered a workshop on typesetting and operating a platen press. Students learned how to use a composing stick to set type, do makeready for and print on a tabletop press. Participants made calling cards and business cards, and Jen set the "I left my heart at WNYBAC" mini-print pictured above.

The chance to learn platen press printing techniques from Jen was a rare and valuable opportunity, and students left with an excellent grasp of the process and benefits of using this particular type of press.

Thanks to Jen and Sarah for the great workshops!

The WNYBAC shop is now carrying several posters and cards from Starshaped Press. Here are just a few:

{photos courtesy of Starshaped's etsy shop}

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