Our Letterpress Workshops...

Lettre Sauvage studio is located in Santa Paula, CA, about an hour from LA and Santa Barbara. Equipment includes: Vandercook SP15, Pilot table-top press, Chandler and Price 10x15 old style platen press (for scoring and die cutting), Challenge 23" paper cutter, and three cabinets of metal type. Students ages 10 and up with any level of experience are welcome.

Your creativity will be enhanced by great music (often live), conversation, and the sweet, art-first atmosphere of the Lettre Sauvage studio under the oaks.

Tours are free, so make an appointment to drop in and contact us for information about learning the craft of letterpress.

Instructors/hosts: Fiona Spring, Cameron Leggett and Genevieve Yue. Get to know us!
phone 805.794.0167

New Year Journal Making

Print a cover for your blank book using the Vanndercook SP15.

Cut, fold and sew the book using a simple "kettle stitch."

Valentine Love-In

Back by popular demand! Print 25 love-filled greetings.
We'll use vintage printing blocks, photopolymer plates and metal type.
Last year everyone took some of each person's designs,
we all had a lovely variety!

Basic Letterpress: Calling Cards

Learn to set metal type on the composing stick and transfer to the press.
Choose from a variety of ornaments both vintage cuts and Lettre Sauvage originals.
Mix ink and run the press! Each participant will make 50 calling cards,
and may choose to save their design and come back for another print session later.

Community Studio

Lettre Sauvage studio offers personalized lessons in the craft of letterpress printing for individuals and groups of up to four. Use of the press is available to experienced printers.

Printing Lesson

By appointment

Learn to operate the press. Basics of typesetting, inking, preparing paper and making the press ready to print will be covered.

Taught by Fiona Spring

$35 per hour per person

$50 per hour for a group of 2-4 working on the same project.

Studio Rental

By appointment

After one or two lessons, students may wish to work on a solo project. Lettre Sauvage staff will be available to help with services like ordering and cutting paper and advising on printing and design issues. There is also a small library in the studio of books about books, printing, design and poetry.

Equipment includes:
Vandercook SP15
Pilot table-top press
Chandler and Price 10x15
Challenge 23" paper cutter

$20 the first hour, $10 each additional hour

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