… At long last, t-shirts!

We’ve got a new press in the shop! Well, not NEW, just finally up and running after more than 2 years of anticipation, and no longer just being used as a coat rack in the studio! That’s right, our 4-color t-shirt press is finally available for rental!

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A few things to keep in mind:
To rent our t-shirt press, you must have taken both our Intro to Screenprinting Workshop (returning in June) and our T-shirt Printing Workshop, or you took our T-shirt Printing Workshop and already know how to coat, burn and expose a screen, or you already know those things AND you know how to screenprint on fabric, using this kind of press.

The t-shirt press can be rented for $20/hour. This is a higher rate than our usual $15/hour to accommodate the cost of the electricity for the flash dryer. Pre- and post-press time are still billed at $15/hour, so make sure to budget your time well and sign up for the correct slots on our reservations calendar. Your printing time on the press includes the whole time you’re using the press. If someone has signed up for time after you, be certain you’re off press in time for their reservation.

As always, studio rental includes photo-emulsion and remover, and use of studio equipment and tools. T-shirt press rental will include the press and the flash dryer. T-shirt screens are available to rent for $5 per day, or you can bring your own. You’ll also need to bring your own shirts, film positives, ink (for fabric of course), paper towels, tape, etc. And, just as with our paper-printing tables, inks must be water-based (no plastisol!).

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Our first T-shirt printing workshop last week was a great success, thanks to our good friend Rachel Bone of Red Prairie Press. We’re happy to have her teaching this again in May, sign up here if you’d like to take the workshop (seats are going fast!). No experience is necessary, but this class does not cover all aspects of screenprinting. A full Intro to Screenprinting workshop or previous experience is required to come back to rent printing time in the studio.

Vandercook Maintenance Workshop

Don’t you just love taking things apart? It’s even better when you understand how to put it all back together?!

This Sunday, February 2nd, Paul Moxon, itinerant printer and Vandercook aficionado, will be in our studio teaching his Vandercook Maintenance workshop.

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Whether you use own your own press, use a community studio press, or are thinking of buying a Vandercook to call your very own, this workshop will provide excellent direction for your future presswork. In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication for a Vandercook Proof Press, so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs. We will also discuss any Vandercook models of interest and other brands as warranted. The workshop will be taught on our four presses, a Vandercook #4, two SP20s, and an SP25. Many Vandercook models share similar features, so even if your press isn’t in the list above, the workshop will be beneficial.

Participants are encouraged to bring questions, photos and/or broken parts. Paul will also share examples from his collection of Vandercook literature. Participants will also be getting their hands dirty on our presses, so dressing as sharply as the gentlemen above is not recommended.

Making It, with Brad Vetter!

Making It! The Posters, Prints, and Process of Brad Vetter!

This November, we’re excited to announce that Brad Vetter, letterpress printer and designer extraordinaire, is visiting us at BPS for a chock-full weekend of events, including a talk, an open house, a print sale, and a special letterpress workshop!

To start our weekend, Brad is giving a lecture at MICA’s Studio Center on Thursday, November 21st at 7pm. He’ll be talking about his time designing and printing posters at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN, his unique take on letterpress printing and design, and his current venture out on his own. This event is free and open to the public. The Studio Center is located at 131 W. North Ave.

Then, join us on Saturday, November 23rd, for an Open House & Print Sale at BPS! Meet Brad and pick his brain about typography, printing, the midwest, whatever! Enjoy a hot beverage and check out some of his fantastic work for sale. This event is also free and open to everyone.

OPEN HOUSE & PRINT SALE
Baltimore Print Studios, 18 W. North Ave.
Saturday, November 23
2–5pm

Finally, if you want to learn Brad’s letterpress tricks-of-the-trade, join us for his Alternative Processes Workshop at our studio on Sunday, Nov. 24th. This one-day workshop will explore pressure printing, experimental matrices (think bubble wrap, legos, etc.!), and some of his own experiments printing from laser cut imagery and type.

We still have a few spots available, register here! Sold out! 

ALTERNATIVE PROCESSES WORKSHOP
Sunday, November 24th
11am–5pm
$150

Crafty Bastards this Weekend in DC!

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A reminder to come see us at Crafty Bastards this weekend in DC! We’re so thrilled to be attending our very first major 2-day craft show on SEPTEMBER 28th & 29th! Now in its 10th year, Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair hosts some of the most amazing handmade goods created by talented craftsmen, makers, and artists. We’re honored to be a part of it all! We can’t wait to show you some of the new prints and products we’ve been making in our studio. In addition to all the vendors, there’s also printing demos with Pyramid Atlantic, craft beers served in the New Belgium Brewing Beer Garden, local DC food trucks in the picnic area, and lots of great things in Union Market itself.

The fair is at Union Market, located at 1309 5th Street NE in Washington, D.C., and accessible via the NoMa-Gallaudet University/New York Ave. station on Metro’s Red line.

Open 10AM to 5PM both days.

We’ll be at booth number 70 both days (vendor map below), right next to our fellow Baltimorean printer (of super rad T-shirts) Red Prairie Press. Choose your day or go to both! Some vendors will only be there Saturday OR Sunday, so get a 2-day pass if you don’t want to miss anything! We recommend buying your tickets in advance online. Here’s the details:

TICKETS: Day passes are available for pre-sale online for $5 each day, or it’s $10 at the door. (2-day online discount code below!)

And don’t miss these fun specials:

Day Pass + 2 Craft Beers with code CRAFTYBEERME 
In partnership with New Belgium Brewing, there will be an outdoor beer garden featuring several amazing Belgian-inspired beers. Enjoy a single day pass + 2 craft beers for $10 when you enter the discount code CRAFTYBEERME when purchasing your ticket online.

$8 Weekend Pass with code VENDOR2013
One day of Crafty Bastards is not enough! Double your shopping time with an $8 weekend pass.

We hope to see you there!

xo, BPS

VENDOR MAP (click for a downloadable pdf):craftymap_2013-2

 

New Fall Workshops & Crafty Bastards!

We’re excited to list our October and November workshops and some great ticket deals for next weekend’s Crafty Bastards. 

Our workshop schedule for both October and November are up for registration. In addition to our Intro classes, our Advanced Letterpress: Printing From Polymer Plates is back this October. We’re also excited to welcome visiting artist and designer Brad Vetter (formerly of Hatch Show Print) to run a second Advanced Letterpress: Alternative Processes in late November.

You can find all our workshop listings in the online shop.

Then….


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Crafty Bastards is next weekend, Sept 28th & 29th!

We’re thrilled to be showing at Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair this Sept. 28th & 29th! Located at Union Market in Washington DC, the fair will feature 140+ independent vendors and artists specializing in handmade arts & crafts, not to mention food trucks, craft brews, and printing demos! We’ve been busy creating new prints and products that we can’t wait to show you – this is a craft fair not to be missed! Get your tickets online in advance ($5 each day or $10 at the door) They’re offering some great specials: Get a Day Pass + 2 Craft Beers for $10 with code CRAFTYBEERME. Or a Weekend Pass for $8 with code VENDOR2013.

We hope to see you there!

Fall Internship

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Fall is fast approaching and we’re once again looking for an outstanding intern to work with us in our studio this fall!

If this interests you, here’s what we have to offer:

-Internship from approximately mid-September – mid-December (specific dates are not set). Roughly 15 weeks total.
-150-200 hours total working time (10-15 hours/week.)
-A regular schedule with occasionally flexible hours. We have weird work weeks sometimes.
-Unpaid, sorry, but we do offer 2 weeks of studio access at the end of the internship as a thank you.

Intern tasks will be varied, and could include: sorting type, reclaiming screens, proofing fonts, cleaning, packing posters, assisting with print runs, and helping with shop organization. A good understanding of either letterpress or screenprinting (or both!) is recommended, but not absolutely necessary.

After a semester working with us, you will have first hand experience assisting in a public-access print studio, hands-on experience in typesetting, all aspects of letterpress and screenprinting, and helping with the occasional commercial printing job.

Think you have what it takes? Email your resume, cover letter, and 3 references to print@baltimoreprintstudios.com. Applications are due by September 6. Please use Fall Internship 2013 as your email subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!
-BPS

Yes, we kern.

We’re reposting a few of photos from a recent project in the studio, and for a good reason. Let’s talk about kerning!

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Wood type has been in mass production since about 1850, and the styles created in wood became a major force in the progression of design, particularly poster design and anything printed at a large scale, well into the late 20th Century (if not still today).

At BPS, we have a good collection of wood type – probably 50 or 60 fonts, in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and ages. Some is cheaply manufactured type from the late 1960 or ’70s, and some is rare type from the 1850s. Almost all of them are complete fonts.

As anyone who has taken a course in typography will know, when working on design, some type needs to be kerned. This is particularly true with capital letters that have a narrow top or bottom. Most commonly that is T, V, W, A, L and Y. Less commonly it could be O, S, D, R, and others, and a particular letter’s need for kerning depends on the design of that font and particular letter combinations.

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We kern our wood type when we’re producing a poster or print for sale. We have done this in the past, and will continue to do so, probably forever. The A in the photo above has a manufacturer’s mark from William Page. While we don’t know exactly how old it is, it was definitely made before 1900. And while it may seem like a crime to cut into something that has survived this long, we don’t buy type as an antique for our shelf, we buy it to produce good prints. For good prints you need good design, and for good design, you sometimes need kerned type.

If the craftsmen who manufactured this type in 1875 could have even imagined that their handiwork would still be in use today (almost 140 years later), they would certainly be disappointed to see it being used badly. There are tools for print shops – minutely adjustable saws, designed specifically to kern type accurately, and we take great care to maintain the integrity of the actual type face. When done properly, a kerned letter can still be locked up with type where kerning is NOT necessary, and still function perfectly well. If wood type was kerned for printing in 1850, 1900, and 1950, why on earth wouldn’t we kern it in 2013?

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Above: A pair of Tubbs Mfg. Co. wood type A’s, kerned decades before we ever touched it.

We love old type. We love it when people save complete fonts from being parted out for flea market initials and mantlepiece fodder. If you’ve saved a complete font with the intention to print from it, we love you for that. If you plan on using it as it was intended, and kerning it when necessary, then we love you just a bit more, and we think the old printers of yesteryear would be proud of you too.

Call for intern applicants, Summer 2013

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We are seeking an outstanding guy or gal to work with us this summer in our studio. If this interests you, here’s what we have to offer:

-Internship from approximately mid May – mid/late August (specific dates are not set). Roughly 15 weeks total.
-150-200 hours total working time (10-15 hours/week.)
-A regular schedule with occasionally flexible hours. We have weird work weeks sometimes.
-Unpaid, sorry, but we do offer 2 weeks of studio access at the end of the internship as a thank you.

Intern tasks will be varied, and could include: sorting type, reclaiming screens, proofing fonts, cleaning, packing posters, assisting with print runs, and helping with shop organization. A good understanding of either letterpress or screenprinting (or both!) is recommended, but not absolutely necessary.

After a summer working with us, you will have first hand experience assisting in a public-access print studio, hands-on experience in typesetting, all aspects of letterpress and screenprinting, and helping with the occasional commercial printing job.

Think you have what it takes? Email your resume, cover letter, and list of references to print@baltimoreprintstudios.com. Applications are due by Monday, April 29th. Please use Summer Internship 2013 as your email subject line.

We look forward to hearing from you!
-BPS

Image above from shorpy.com.

Coming soon, again!

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Our Strategic Plan posters are coming back! The last edition of them sold out last summer, and we finally have a chance to reprint them. We will be reprinting these this month, and will have them listed in the shop by April.

As always, our posters are printed by hand, and the Strategic Plan is always printed from antique type. We print every edition of these posters in new type and new colors, so each series is unique. Please check our online shop for availability, or join our email list and be the first to know when they’re back in stock.

 

We’re seeking Spring 2013 interns!

We are seeking a couple of outstanding guys or gals to work with us this spring in the studio. If this interests you, here’s what we have to offer:

-Internship from approximately mid January – mid May (specific dates are not set). Roughly 18 weeks total.
-150-200 hours total working time (10-15 hours/week.)
-A regular schedule with occasionally flexible hours. We have weird work weeks sometimes.
-Unpaid. Sorry.

Intern tasks will be varied, and could include: sorting type, reclaiming screens, proofing fonts, cleaning, packing posters, assisting with print runs, and helping with shop organization.

After a semester working with us, you will have first hand experience assisting in a public-access print studio, hands-on experience in typesetting, all aspects of letterpress and screenprinting, and helping with the occasional commercial printing job.

Think you have what it takes? Email your Resume, Cover Letter, and list of references to print@baltimoreprintstudios.com. Applications are due by Monday, January 14th.

We look forward to hearing from you!
-BPS

Image above from shorpy.com.