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Thanksgiving weekend open studio

This past weekend here in Canada was our Thanksgiving weekend and also the weekend we hosted our open studio, in conjunction with the Westport studio tour. It was a big hit! Lots and lots of people came through and viewed our letterpress demonstrations (giving me the chance to print actual orders but in front of people), bought some product and enjoyed our cake pops. 

A few interesting things learned this weekend:

1. Apparently some public schools in the area used to have Heidelberg letterpresses in school classrooms, which students would run by attaching a belt to a stationary bicycle (!!!).  The Heidelbergs were replaced by Vandercooks, however, because they were considered to have less moving parts for kids to get caught in. My, how things have changed.

2. Soooo many people have fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers who were printers. One lady told me her great-grandfather was a typesetter in Germany and died of lead-poisoning because of dealing with type his whole life (!!!).

3. Many people were very concerned for the safety of my fingers when they were watching me feed the paper into press. I then proceeded to show them all the “safety” mechanism, which lifts my arm off the platen and there were many collective sighs of relief.

4. Our Michael Jordan cardboard cut-out on the stairs really worked to prevent people from going up the steps.

Open studio attendees admiring our product
Demonstrating on the press

The cake pops were devoured: "yes, it's cake on a stick, I swear!"
People were able to pull their own print on our Kelsey 5x7.
Happy baby with letterpress card



We’re throwing open our doors on Thanksgiving weekend  to show off our new digs in Westport. We’ll be running letterpress demos so you can learn about all the work that goes behind one of our greeting cards and try your hand at printing on one of our letterpresses. We’ll also be serving tasty treats to keep you going…(hint: cake on a stick). 

When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 – 10 to 5
Where: 26 Spring Street, Westport, ON K0G 1X0
RSVP on Facebook

 There will be 8 other open studios in Westport featuring 30+ artists during the weekend, so why not make a day of it? Check out www.westportstudiotours.ca for more info (note: we did not design this website!)

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