Letterpress Mother’s Day Cards Workshop

Are you looking for letterpress classes and book arts workshops in the Bay Area? Keep your eyes on our Upcoming Classes page — the Fall schedule will be announced in the near future. Learn the basics of letterpress, make a poetry chapbook, and more!

In the meantime…take a look at some photos from our recent Mother’s Day card printing workshop:

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

katie nealon workshop at north bay letterpress arts

 

Letterpress Art Quarterly Subscription

What if you could get art in the mail every three months? Original, limited-edition, letterpress art, printed by  local artists, poets, and printers? Our Letterpress Art Quarterly subscription lets you do just that. We encourage you to subscribe if you are looking for a fun way to support our organization and receive art in your mailbox, all year long.

Check out what the past year’s quarterly mailings looked like:

Quarter 1
Artwork by Jami Taback, Lyn Dillin, and Cheryl Pfeil von der Heyde    north bay letterpress arts letterpress art quarterly north bay letterpress arts letterpress art quarterly

Quarter 2
Artwork by Susan Amalia, Tiana Krahn, and Pauline Misner
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Quarter 3
Artwork by judi goldberg, Brooke Holve, and Eric Johnson
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Quarter 4
Artwork by Megan Arnold, Rod Buchignani, and Tami Lovett-Brumfield
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Over 12 artists have signed on for another year of printing and mailing. If you haven’t already, sign up for your mailings here.

NBLA Printers Represented in North Coast Galleries

May 2017: This month, printed works from many of the artists who work at the Iota printshop are featured in two gallery shows on the North Coast.

One is at Healdsburg Center for the Arts, called Power of Printmaking, which runs until July 16. After the election of Trumpf, there was an outburst of poster-making at the shop, and we entered ten of them on picket sticks as an installation. They are also on sale at the gallery, with benefits going to the NBLA.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts Power of Printmaking130 Plaza St
Healdsburg, CA


The Mendocino show at the Oddfellows Hall is organized by Flockworks, and is called “Art of Letter, Word & Book”. It runs until May 29th and is a great assembly of calligraphic art, letterpress, and various other printmaking and book arts work.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
Flockworks “Art of Letter, Word & Book”.
 Odd Fellows Hall
45101 Ukiah Street
Mendocino, CA

Printing with SRJC Students

North Bay Letterpress Arts recently hosted Santa Rosa Junior College graphic design students and helped them to print their own designs from photopolymer plates. While many projects at NBLA involve hand-laid lead or wood type, the process showed students how the printing method evolved over time, and how they could incorporate their graphic design skills to make custom prints by hand.

The students learned how to print on the Vandercook SP-15:

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

Designs were printed 4-up…

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

…and trimmed down into individual cards to take home.

santa rosa junior college students letterpress

It is one of the goals of NBLA to provide printing experiences to different schools in the region. If you are a teacher interested in bringing your students into the printshop in Sebastopol, feel free to contact us!

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Solar Printing at NBLA

On March 25, Jami Taback taught a Solar Plate Printing workshop that created some beautiful work in the printshop. Solar plate printing is a simple, safe, and fast approach to traditional etching. It does not require the use of grounds, acids or solvents. Solar plate printmaking is used by artists, printmakers, and photographers all over the world.

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Solar plates are exposed with UV light and developed with ordinary tap water.

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

Students watch as Jami  washes exposed plate material to reveal their solar printing plates.

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

Participants were introduced to the exposing, developing and printing of solar plates. Direct drawing, photographic and digital approaches to creating images was taught. Inking, wiping and paper preparation was also be demonstrated. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants had a clear understanding of the solar plate process and were able to take their very own prints home!

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

jami taback solar plate printing workshop at north bay letterpress arts

Create your own prints in one of our upcoming workshops!

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This blog will be written by several people active in letterpress work, such as:

judi goldberg
Eric Johnson……founded Iota Press and now works there as a Bemusement Park Ranger