Posts Tagged ‘letterpress’

Summer Intensive at Wolfe Editions

Posted on: June 24th, 2011 by jmbroekman 4 Comments

Letterpress, bookbinding, and woodcuts, oh my!

I just spent an incredible, wonderful, and yes, intense week at David Wolfe’s studio learning all kinds of new skills with David Wolfe and Crystal Cawley. They are both great teachers, as well as fabulous artists; and my fellow students were a complete delight with whom to share the week. I spent most of the week working on a book project: using traditional lead type, hand setting a poem that my friend Janet wrote for me many, many years ago. Once all the type was set, I printed the poem, line by line on some already prepared prints of mine; and finally bound it all together in a book. What an accomplishment!

You can see little snapshots of most of the book by clicking here.

Buttonhole Binding

Posted on: May 1st, 2011 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

A great way to start the month of May…

Yesterday I went to a workshop to learn how to make a Buttonhole book. Today, in order to make sure I didn’t forget all that I learned yesterday, I folded a series of prints that had not yet been attacked with scissors (or worse), and bound them up in a Buttonhole book. On the left is the prototype that I did yesterday (with a little letterpress red house on the cover), on the right another view of today’s adventure in the studio.


Letterpress 101

Posted on: February 13th, 2011 by jmbroekman

Letterpress and the art of persistence

I attended a great Letterpress workshop yesterday taught by David Wolfe. David is a terrific artist and printer, and his studio is full of extraordinary energy – maybe it’s all those really cool and diverse printing presses.

Letterpress printing is a type of printmaking that I have been interested in learning, and incorporating into my work for a long time. I had a blast yesterday and my head is spinning with ideas. For those of you unfamiliar with the process or term “letterpress” see the link above for a decent wikipedia explanation. The image at left is a detail of what I worked on in the workshop; the background print is a mat-board etching/collograph that I worked on a few days ago.