A reminder that I’m opening my letterpress studio in downtown Charlottetown at The Guild tomorrow night, August 25, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You’re welcome to drop down any time during those hours: not only can you see my Golding Jobber No. 8 press in action, you’re welcome to try your hand at setting some metal type and printing on the smaller (and thus much easier to learn on and handle) Adana Eight Five press. There’s no charge for anything.
Here are some things to remember:
- You can enter either through the Richmond Street entrance of The Guild (all night) or, when the gallery is open, through the Queen Street entrance.
- The studio is only wheelchair accessible when the Queen Street entrance is open; you might want to ring 368-4413 before you head down to verify that entrance is open and that the lift is staffed.
- The bar in the Gallery in the Guild will be open from 8:00 p.m. onward if you want to grab a drink.
- I recommend wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty if you want to try your hand at printing.
- People of any age are welcome; because there’s metal type involved, which contains lead, I recommend you make a point of washing your kids’ hands after your visit (I also have latex gloves available if you want to be extra-cautious). Read Metal (Lead) Type Handling Safety if you want some background. Also, do not eat the metal type.
- I have paper in various sizes available, but you’re welcome to bring your own paper if there’s something special you’d like to print on: the maximum printed size of the Adana Eight Five is, as you might expect, 8 by 5 inches.
Hope to see you all in the readership out tomorrow night. And be sure to take in the rest of Art in the Open while you’re around and about, especially Catherine and Lori’s installation down the street in Connaught Square.