Letterpress Events at the School of Visual Concepts, Seattle
- Here are some upcoming free events and classes of interest at the
School of Visual Concepts, Seattle, located at 500 Aurora Avenue N,
near the Seattle Center.
FREE! Hatch Show Print: Poster Sale and Talk
Meet Jim Sherraden - 5:00p - 6:30p
Hatch Show Print Talk - 6:30p - 8:00p
Poster Sale - 8:00p - 10:00p
Hank Williams, Cab Calloway, and Emmylou Harris all turned to
Nashville’s Hatch Show Print to design and print promotional posters.
Established in 1879, Hatch not only developed a graphic design style
that’s been widely emulated, they’re also leading the charge to
preserve the traditional art of letterpress printing. Like to know
more? Then come hear Jim Sherraden, Hatch’s manager, speak at SVC.
You’ll also get a chance to have Jim sign a copy of his book,
purchase some of Hatch posters at obscenely low prices (they start at
$15), and drink some of our cheap wine. How can you lose? Online
registration is requested.
Co-presented by AIGA Seattle. Sponsored by Aquent.
Hatch Show Print Poster Workshop - Jim Sherraden
Thursday 10/5 9:00 to 4:00 $295
What do you think your chances are of getting to print
extraordinarily cool letterpress posters in the legendary Hatch Show
Print shop in Nashville under the direction of Hatch manager, Jim
Sherraden? You got it: Zip. But would you settle for Jim, a ton of
Hatch's historic illustration wood cuts, and a day in the SVC
letterpress shop right here in Seattle? Done! You’ll work with Jim to
produce a poster, to be printed on SVC’s Vandercook cylinder presses.
He'll even let you print a T-shirt or two if you bring them. This is
truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work shoulder-to-shoulder
with one of the key players in the history of graphic design & the
music industry. Space is limited to 12 students so early registration
is strongly advised.
FREE! SVC's 5th Annual Wayzgoose
Friday 10/6 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
A Wayzgoose is an ancient custom in the British printing industry
dating back to the 17th century when the master printer would host a
feast for his apprentices marking the end of the summer and the
return to working by candlelight. SVC’s Wayzgoose revival will omit
the traditional feast of a goose and all-night trip to an ale house.
Instead, we'll enjoy a lecture by Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print
in the gallery, and have an open house upstairs in the print shop.
Commune with other letterpress enthusiasts and print your own
keepsake. Online registration is requested.
Letterpress Equipment Swap
Saturday 10/7 10:00 to noon
The morning after the Hatch Show Print talk and our annual Wayzgoose,
meet up in the SVC parking lot to browse and buy letterpress
equipment, type, paper, and more. Several local print shops will be
represented with letterpress odds and ends priced to sell. If you'd
like to be a seller, RSVP to jenny@... for more information.
Care and Feeding of Your Vandercook Press - Paul Moxon
Monday 10/16 9:00 to 4:00 $245
If you use or own a Vandercook press or are thinking about getting
one, bring your questions, press photos, broken parts, swear words,
and printing samples to SVC and spend a day getting smart about your
precious possession. Paul Moxon, a fine press printer, book designer,
and creator of vandercookpress.info, will take you through an in-
depth review of the parts and functions of the Vandercook, covering:
>Regular maintenance, lubrication and cleaning >Troubleshootingprinting problems >The differences between various Vandercook models
>What to look for when buying or trading up >Resources forVandercook owners. Paul will also share a 20-page handout with
workshop participants on good press habits, tools and lubricants, and
buying and moving presses.
We are also offering two levels of quarter-long letterpress
instruction, beginning the week of September 25. See the link below
for more information.
To register for classes: