Typesetting

Typesetting by hand is a slow process, often peppered with an ever-unfolding troublesome cast of characters. It requires full attention every step of the way, and it was for this reason that I began pursuing letterpress in 1998: to see each letter, understand how it relates to its neighbors, and to focus on the finest of details until it looks just right.

Presses

Colt’s Armory Platen Press

The main trusty printing steed at Amada Press is a 13×19″ Colt’s Armory; it’s a reliable motorized press that prints with a 90° parallel impression and has been laying down ink nice and smooth for over 100 years.

Prior to its current Seattle home, it lived in the Skagit Valley, printing fine press books & poetry broadsides for Amy’s beloved mentors at Stern & Faye, Printers — and has a long lineage of talented press operators on its dance card. Today it prints everything from coasters to posters, including short prose.

Vandercook 4

This silver fox of a press turned 60 years old in June of 2017. It’s a Pacific Northwest native, originally purchased new by Queen City Typesetting in Seattle. It also came to me by way of Stern & Faye Printers, although Jules Faye and I are unclear of where it lived prior to landing in Chris Stern’s caring hands.

Classes & Workshops

Looking to get your hands inky?

Then you’re gonna be in good company. Amy has been teaching letterpress classes and workshops at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts since 2003, offering both beginner and advanced classes to the general public. Those 10-week classes offer full immersion in the craft, while 1-day workshops and monthly 2-hour Letterpress at Lunch sessions offer a quick hit of analog redemption.

SVC’s letterpress studio is lovingly curated with 11 cabinets of metal and wood type,  5 Vandercook presses, 3 platen presses, and is centrally located in the South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle.

To arrange a custom letterpress team-building workshop for your group, please contact the school at 206-623-1560.

News & Events

01.04.19 – 01.28.19 :: GALLERY EXHIBITION

Letterpress: Making Impressions
(The Art Project; Bainbridge Island, WA)

TAP’s group invitational exhibition showcases letterpress prints by artists from the western U.S. & Canada, including Jessica Spring, Michael Hepher, Amy Redmond, Myrna Keliher, Sarah Kulfan, Jenny Wilkson, Yoshiko Yamamoto, Ellie Mathews, Katie Dean, Heidi Hespelt, Carl Youngman, Laura Bentley and Carl Montford. {Opening reception: Jan. 4, 2019, 6–8pm}

01.14.19 – 03.01.19 :: GALLERY EXHIBITION

End of Times 3: Precious Time
(Gorecki Gallery / College of St. Benedict, MN)

This invitational letterpress exhibition was curated and coordinated by artist Mary Bruno on the theme of positivity during challenging times.  My newest print Time, Left Unattended (2018), composed of handset metal & wood types, is 1 of 30 prints in this exhibition of work by contemporary letterpress printers from all over the globe. {Opening reception: Feb. 21, 2019, 5–7pm}

01.15.19 – 03.19.19 :: LETTERPRESS CLASS

Letterpress Printing Level 1
(School of Visual Concepts, Seattle)

This foundational 10-week course on the essentials of letterpress is for those who have never printed before, or are new to SVC’s print studio. This class will give you a thorough introduction to typesetting, printing, and proper shop techniques. Class meets on Tuesday nights from 6:30–9:30pm & includes access to a hosted Open Studio on the weekends.  {Register / Learn More

01.23.18 :: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT

Live Recording for The New Disruptors
(Ada’s Technical Bookstore & Café; 6:30–8:30pm)

The New Disruptors podcast features independent creators across all genres of artistic and commercial work. Join host Glenn Fleishman for this live interview with Seattle artists Amy Redmond, Sarah Kulfan and Demian Johnston, in which they’ll discuss how letterpress printing factors into their business practice and how it works as an artistic medium to spread ideas.  {Directions to Ada’s

02.22.19 – 03.31.19 :: GALLERY EXHIBITION

End of Times 3: Precious Time
(Soo Visual Arts Center / Minneapolis, MN)

This invitational letterpress exhibition was curated and coordinated by artist Mary Bruno on the theme of positivity during challenging times.  My newest print Time, Left Unattended (2018), composed of handset metal & wood types, is 1 of 30 prints in this exhibition of work by contemporary letterpress printers from all over the globe. {Opening reception: Feb. 22, 2019, 6–8pm}

11.01.18 :: AMADA PRESS INTERVIEW

UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration, Volume P: Print / Maker

I’m honored that Amada Press is featured alongside some of my favorite letterpress contemporaries in Janine Vangool’s latest addition to her UPPERCASE Encyclopedia of Inspiration series, Print / Maker (Volume P). The book profiles designers, artists and craftspeople who use printmaking and print technology to make things for themselves and others. It includes in-depth interviews with printers, stationers, publishers, zine-makers, homeware and clothing designers through studio pictures, portfolios and sound advice from print/makers from around the world. Published October 2018 by Uppercase Magazine. {Order the book.} 

11.06.18 :: ARTICLE

2018 Children’s Hospital Broadside Project

This collaboration between the School of Visual Concepts and Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Writers in the Schools program at Seattle Children’s Hospital yields some of the most moving and meaningful work to come off our presses. Terminally ill and long-term patients write poems from the heart that SVC’s team of letterpress artists turn into stunning broadsides. Eight volumes of poems have been created so far, thanks to invaluable donations from Neenah Paper, Puget Bindery, Ecological Fibers, and Boxcar Press. As a letterpress instructor at SVC, it’s a real joy to see students evolve from fledgling ink slingers into skilled printers, and participation in this annual project represents an honorable milestone in that journey. {Read full article}


PAST EVENTS

Exhibitions, Publications & Speaking Engagements

An incomplete archive of gallery shows, articles, & talks related to my letterpress artwork.  {View archive}