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Letterpress Studio

W2's Woodward's heritage letterpress brings together print aficionados, type geeks, typesetters and printmakers.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vancouver-BC/W2-Letterpress/161878921320
Location: DTES, Vancouver, BC
Members: 142
Latest Activity: May 8, 2013

How to Get Involved


Available volunteer positions range from studio coordinators, workshop facilitators, W2 house printmakers, community outreach, program development, etc. We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic group of people who are willing to contribute time and great ideas to help make this studio a successful, thriving cultural and educational hub. The goal is to create space for mutual learning, teaching, and cross-media collaboration.
Studio Coordinators
We are looking for a few people who are willing to share the many tasks required to run the studio. Tasks include programming, studio admin, communications, community outreach, volunteer recruitment & coordination, reporting to the W2 board representative, etc. Minimum of 10-15 hours per month. If you are interested in this position, please indicate which of the above list of tasks you are most interested in, or have expertise on.
W2 Media Café Design & Production Team
Your task is to help the team develop and produce a suite of signage for the Café and packaging designs for products being sold at the Café. W2 directors will provide a brief. Minimum of 10-15 hours per month.
Workshop Teachers and Facilitators
Teach workshops: letterpress, lino carving, bookmaking, paper sculptures, cross-media techniques involving printmaking and electronics, etc.
Workshop Assistants
Your task is to assist the workshop facilitator. Minimum 6 hours per month.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteer positions, or have any questions, please email Honey Mae at w2letterpress (at) gmail (dot) com. 

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Discussion Forum

Using the letterpress?

Started by Melanie Shave Aug 9, 2010.

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Comment by Amanda Stock on December 1, 2011 at 9:33am

Hi, I'm new to W2 and to letterpress, so I don't know how helpful I would be as a volunteer.  I would love to learn more about what letterpress is all about. Any chance there would be a workshop coming up?

Comment by Gabriella Solti on November 16, 2011 at 8:50am

Hi Alex,

you can always drop me an email at gcsms68 (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to volunteer. Do you want to assist with the youth workshop?


Comment by Alex Leslie on November 15, 2011 at 9:45pm

hey guys. the letterpress gmail address listed above doesn't work. any word on how one can volunteer as a workshop assistant? alex.

Comment by Gabriella Solti on November 14, 2011 at 9:07am

Letterpress workshop for youth (15 – 21 years) – Saturday November 26 afternoon

 If you are 15-21 year old and you are interested in learning letterpress printing on the Woodward’s heritage press using traditional wood and metal types, you are welcome to join us Nov 26 afternoon for a letterpress workshop at the W2 Letterpress Studio. (Woodward’s Heritage Building 111 West Hastings Street second floor, stairs from the W2 Café)

It’s free and fun.  

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Comment by Gabriella Solti on October 20, 2011 at 3:46am

Wayzgoose 2011 _ Saturday, October 22. 2011

Please come  Saturday, October 22 to the Vancouver Public Library Main Branch Alice McKay Room between 10am and 4pm to see the work of fine press printers. This is a biannual event when fine press printers, artists and papermakers show and sell their work. The event is free.

I am one of the participating artists and I will have several works - book and broadside to show and sell. I will also bring the last remaining copy of my letterpress book that won the Alcuin Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada in the limited edition category in 2010 (third prize).

I hope to see you there.

Comment by Gen Why Media on October 19, 2011 at 11:37am
Comment by Gabriella Solti on October 9, 2011 at 8:51am
A great event, mark in your calendar.
This year's Vancouver awards presentation for the  29th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada will be hosted by, and take place at, the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, this coming Wednesday, October 12th.
The Guest Speaker for the evening will be John Gall, Vice-President and Art Director at Vintage and Anchor Books (New York). He is also an instructor at the School of Visual Arts, and the author of Sayonara Home Run! The Art of the Japanese Baseball Card. 
During his 12 years at Vintage, Mr. Gall has overseen the creation of more than 3,000 book covers. One of several "dream projects" of his was the complete re-design of Vladimir Nabokov’s entire catalog. To tackle this, Gall picked 19 of the top designers in his field—including heavyweights such as Chip Kidd, Carol Carson, and Peter Mendulsund—to form a veritable design dream team. Under his direction, they went to work recreating 20 Nabokov covers (he kept The Eye for himself) as an homage to Nabokov’s other life work: cataloging and collecting butterflies. The designers evoked each book’s content by incorporating tools used by entomologists: a specimen box, insect pins, and layers of paper. “It was a real conscious effort to have a consistent look that was going to vary over the course of 20 books,” he says.
It promises to be an interesting evening.

Place:  Emily Carr University, Room 301 South Building (above the library)
1400 Johnston St., Granville Island
Date: Wednesday, October 12
Time: 6:30 (to view winning books)
7:00 awards ceremony and lecture

FREE -- everyone welcome -- bring your friends and colleagues
Comment by Hilary Henegar on July 25, 2011 at 3:13pm
When is the next letterpress workshop?
Comment by Sam Bradd on July 11, 2011 at 8:11pm

Hi everyone, sorry for any confusion.

If you are interested in volunteering with the W2 letterpress, please come to the event Hilary linked: "W2 Belongs To Me": http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/w2-belongs-to-me-workshop.

It's purely coincidence that two letterpress events are happening in Vancouver on the same week.

The Tuesday event is an informal meetup of people (mostly who own a letterpress of their own or who are book artists) are gathering to talk letterpress. Many are beginner letterpress printers, and most of us will meeting for the first time. Basically, there's enough beginner printers in Vancouver now that two of us thought it would be good to meet up and invite others. If this sounds like a good fit for you, email me at sambradd@gmail.com and I'll give you the location.


Otherwise, see you at the Thursday W2 event!


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