Intro Typesetting + Letterpress | June 29, 2024, 12-4pm

Ladyfingers Letterpress

Saturday, June 29, 2024, 12-4pm

Learn the basics of letterpress on our Vandercook 219 letterpress! Choose from a variety of typefaces from our vintage type cases to produce your very own set of one-color 4.25” x 5.5” (A2 size) letterpress-printed notecards.

The Class

  • Letterpress basics: history, inspiration, print 
  • Hand setting setting lead and wood type
  • Ink mixing and press cleaning
  • Registration

Each student will leave the class with 25 letterpress printed notecards with corresponding envelopes. 

Great For:

  • People brand new to printmaking and want to learn — beginner/non-artist friendly!
  • Letterpress enthusiasts + those who want a refresher 
  • Anyone who wants to take future intermediate letterpress class/workshop with us

Supplies Needed:

  • You don't need to bring a thing except yourself! We provide everything you will need. 
  • Optional: You can think about what words or small saying you would like to typeset in advance, we also welcome on the spot improvisation. 


This class is led by Morgan Calderini, she surrounds herself with rather odd yet satisfying specialties: hot air balloon building, printmaking, and pie baking are all things she takes very seriously. After having received her BFA in Printmaking from RISD in 2007, Calderini chose to redefine the hierarchical printshop archetype by establishing and managing Rhode Island's only community printshop at AS220 with a grant from AmeriCorps VISTA. She has taught letterpress at the AS220 Printshop and Penland School of Crafts, and has spoken at conferences such as the Kernference hosted by Goodtype and at the annual Wayzgoose at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. When she's not baking blueberry pies or hunting for long lost litho stones that people have been using as door stops, she's flying Atlas, her 70 foot, 54,000 cu. ft. hot air balloon that she built in 2007.

Registration is non-refundable or exchangeable. Additional supplies available for purchase at Ladyfingers Letterpress. All students receive a 10% discount on all in-store purchases on the day of the workshop.

Collections: Ladyfingers Letterpress, Workshops

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