Join Emily, Bryn and Mara for a two-part workshop on contemporary calligraphy and letterpress printing at the Yale Union building on Sept 23 and 28th.
On Monday evening, September 23rd, Mara and Bryn will instruct an evening of calligraphy lessons over wine, cookies and bottles of ink. You'll learn fundamental skills and techniques in contemporary calligraphy and then create a design or signature to use in Saturday's letterpress class! Emily will produce polymer plates of your work so that you can print your own stationery or bookplates in her workshop on Saturday afternoon, September 28th. It's a wonderful pairing and sure to be a really fun, informative time.
Ideal for: Beginners
- How to use the classic tools of calligraphy
- Writing and style techniques
- Writing and preparing your artwork for letterpress
- A full overview and hands-on experience with letterpress printing
Take-home goodies (for both workshops):
A complete calligraphy starter kit and 30 letterpress printed pieces of your own design
Contemporary calligraphy is a modern and organic take on traditional calligraphy. Using the basic letterforms as a starting place, pointed pen calligraphy is whimsical, fun and open to personal interpretation.
Letterpress printing is a lovely compliment to calligraphy. Letterpress employs antique machinery to press a raised, inked surface into paper, creating a slight impression. Thanks to modern technology, we can now create printing plates from scans of hand-lettered text. The character of the original inked text is carried through to the print and highlighted beautifully by the texture of the impression.
Towards the end of the Calligraphy Workshop on Monday, you'll be asked to pick one piece of calligraphy that you'd like to use for the Letterpress Workshop. Emily will then scan your selection and make a polymer plate from it. On Saturday, we'll go through the basics of setting up the press and pulling prints. Then you'll have the chance to print your own piece of calligraphy. You'll leave the workshop with at least 30 printed pieces (stationery, book plates, notecards, or a similar-sized item) and the polymer plate you printed them from.
We encourage you to sign up for both parts of this series for the full experience!
Please note that the workshops require a minimum of 10 participants to be held or they will be cancelled.
Emily Johnson / EMPrint Press
EMprint Press was started in 2004 by Emily Johnson. Emily has a degree in physics from Reed College. She likes to discover how things work and fix them when they are broken. She loves anything finely crafted by hand. Letterpress brings these two things together, with lots of hand washing in-between. Though mostly self-taught, Emily has always had an appreciation of and respect for the traditions of fine printing. The current incarnation of her printshop is located within the Yale Union contemporary art center. Besides printing exhibition materials and working with artists visiting YU, EMprint has a small line of stationery and takes on custom projects. Several months of the year will find Emily back home in Nebraska working with her father making gourmet vinegars. While in Portland, Emily also assists with letterpress instruction at Reed College and prints with Veneer Magazine.
Bryn Chernoff / Paperfinger
Paperfinger started in 2008 and ever since then Bryn Chernoff, calligrapher/owner, has been busy creating modern calligraphy artwork and paper goods for weddings, events, branding, stationery, stamps and custom gifts. Bryn is known for her unique and varied range of modern calligraphy, hand lettering and illustration.
Paperfinger has been featured in and by Real Simple, Anthropologie, Town & Country, Martha Stewart Living, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Brides, Daily Candy, SwissMiss, Cool Hunting, The New York Times and a wide array of wedding blogs. Bryn instructs privately and hosts ongoing workshops in both New York City and Portland.
Mara Zepeda / Neither Snow
Since opening her studio in 2009 (thanks to the encouragement of Emily Johnson), Mara Zepeda has designed work for weddings and events, family celebrations, greeting cards, editorials, logos and branding. She is best known for her custom designed calligraphy tattoos. Her clients include Nike, Samsung, Tiffany & Co., and Wieden + Kennedy, One Kings Lane and Urban Outfitters.
Neither Snow has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, BuzzFeed, New York Magazine and many other online publications. She most recently led calligraphy workshops in Florence, Italy.
Yale Union (YU) (View)
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Portland, OR 97214
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