Mayonnaise Press Community Printshop is a public-access printing studio offering letterpress printed matter, community classes, and rentable studio time. The shop is equipped with a Pilot platen press and a Vandercook SP-15 Proof press, more than 300 typefaces of hand type, all the necessary printing accessories, and the ability to print from both hand-set forms and photopolymer plates. Mayonnaise Press is committed to promoting printmaking and to supporting local creativity through affordable workshops, a vibrant learning community, and access to professional tools and facilities.
COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY
Mayonnaise Press is committed to making works on paper that produce minimal marks on our natural world. We print only on sustainable papers: Crane Lettra, made with cotton remnants from the garment industry (tree free), and Mohawk Papers, which use the highest possible percentage of post- consumer content and are produced in a carbon-neutral, Green Seal Certified process utilizing wind energy.
Though it is often painstaking, we also print with antique presses, one manual and one using minimal electricity. All in all, while it is time-consuming, our method of letterpress printing is far and away less damaging and more sustainable than any type of digital printing available. Not to mention that it is more beautiful and authentic, because every piece is made by hand.
In this four-week introductory course, you'll be introduced to the basics of letterpress printing technique on tabletop platen and floor-model proof presses. Learn how to set type, lock up a form in the press, mix and apply ink properly, and print! You’ll be able to complete two small projects in the class time provided: one hand-set project and one digitally-designed project printed from a polymer plate. At the end of the course, you’ll have the skills necessary to print your own invitations, stationary, note cards, announcements or posters.
Completion of Letterpress 101 qualifies you to rent time in the print shop following the course to work independently on your own projects.
Kelly Ramsey studied printmaking as an undergraduate and later completed a letterpress course at AS220 Community Print Shop in Providence, Rhode Island. Because letterpress often makes one its slave, she is still studying, troubleshooting, and alternately cursing and praising the press. She is generally kind and helpful—unless you leave ink on the palette overnight.
Our Community Printshop would love to continue to expand, but antique equipment is often rare and costly. If you have any of the following items lying around, or happen to encounter them near a dumpster, we would gladly accept:
Equipment donations may be tax-deductible. Please contact us to find out.
Mayonnaise Press was made possible by generous contributions by
Nan and Ted Danforth
The Sanger Fund
If you have a question about the Print Shop, please contact