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Workshops are back!

I’m excited to announce that I’m resurrecting Papillon Press letterpress workshops this Fall 2021! Come to our studio in Westport and learn how to set type and print your own notecards using all our old printing equipment.
Dates are available through weekends until mid-November (except for Thanksgiving weekend because we have plans). Book through AirbBnB Experiences.
Book your spot on AirBnB Experiences
Guests will be introduced to our 70-yr-old letterpress in our studio, learn the basics of setting type and will ink and print their own personalized note cards (qty. 50, value of $100) by hand on the press. They will create their own stationery choosing from a selection of over 50 typefaces from our vintage typecases and etched graphics.

Day of workshop schedule

10am-11am The first hour of the workshop is spent discussing the history of letterpress printing, basic typography, types of papers and each participant’s project over coffee and Chantal’s homemade muffins. Each participant is given a handout for their own personal reference that they can keep

11am-12pm The rest of the morning is devoted to learning how to compose type in a composing stick, choosing from over 110 cases of type including lead type and wood type and from our dozens of cuts (pictorial etching

12pm-1pm Break for lunch.

1pm-3pm– Work on composing your type, then learn how to mount the type in the chase using furniture, leading & slugs. Each participant will proof their project on our proofing press to ensure there are no errors before printing on the big press.

3pm-5pm Each participant will learn how to mount the chase containing their type on our floor model 10×15 Chandler & Price letterpress and take their turn printing 50 pieces of their own

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