Here at Lark, we publish books on almost every craft you can imagine. We have entire teams dedicated to topics like jewelry and needlearts. We even have a book on gourd craft. But somehow, in our decades of publishing, we have never published a guide to letterpress.
That changed last week.
Letterpress Now, which came out on 1/1, is our first book on letterpress printing. It’s the creation of author Jessica C. White. If that name sounds familiar, that may be because in addition to running her own press and working as a professor she’s also the co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress–a professional organization that now numbers more than 1,500 printers.
Inside, she teaches how to use a variety of presses–from the apartment-sized tabletop platen press to the massive cylinder presses only found in print shops. Each type of press is taught through a variety of projects: calendars, cards, invitations, thaumatropes, trading cards, and t-shirts to name a few.
And there’s also features on some of the best printers working today. Jim Sherraden shares some work from the legendary Hatch Show Print and fellow Ladies of Letterpress founder Kseniya Thomas shares some of the contemporary pieces coming out of her studio, Thomas-Printers.
If wooden type calls to you, if you have a friend with a press, or if letterpress cards are just your style, we hope you’ll check it out.