A (letter) pressing need

My favorite tools for expressing myself are paper, pen, thread, and fabric. Over the years I've dabbled in many media, and I think it's important to try new things. It helps you discover what works well for you and can help grow your appreciation for the talents of others.

One thing I'd wanted to try for a while was typesetting and letterpress. As a practitioner of hand lettering and a lover of all things type, it has always fascinated me. Recently, I had an opportunity to take a letterpress class with my daughter at Igloo Letterpress, a charming studio/shop in Old Worthington. They recently moved into new digs in an old hardware store on the main drag, and they have a beautiful new space for classes and workshops.

We learned to typeset a phrase the old-fashioned way, one letter at a time, using movable metal and wood type.

We took turns hand-cranking the press to make our final prints.

We had a great time learning something new and creating something awesome.

My sister, mother, and I went this past Friday night to Igloo's Galentine's event - a casual event where we made watercolor & letterpress Valentine's Day cards.

They have a variety of classes, workshops, and projects for artists of all ages and skill levels. Head over to their class page to learn more!