Letterpress Printing

Amada Press is the private letterpress studio of Seattle visual designer, artist & instructor Amy Redmond. The main focus of her artwork is on handset typography using metal and wood type.

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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.

Exhibitions, Speaking Engagements & Publications

2017 :: Amada Press Interview by Boxcar Press

Letterpress Printing Journeys: Amy Redmond of Amada Press

A mindful approach to letterpress (and life) is the buzz behind Amy Redmond of Amada Press. When we last caught up with Amy, she had a ball visiting & touring the Boxcar Press press floor. Now, the Seattle-based printer, visual artist, and instructor for Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts is blending a sense of creative well-being into her craft while nurturing a closely-knit community of printers. {Read full article}


05.27.17 – 06.25.17

Pressing On: A Celebratory Exhibition

In honor of the world premiere of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film, Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery hosted this exhibition of the work from over 50 letterpress artists. I was honored to have three of my works from my past 19 years of printing in this show.  {Learn more}


05.19.17 – 05.20.17

AIGA HIVE 2017: Proceed with Intent

I was pleased to speak about my work as a designer, artist, and educator at this Seattle design conference, alongside fellow SVC letterpress instructor Jenny Wilkson. {Learn more}


04.20.17 – 05.20.17

End of Times 2: The Time is Now

My print Scavenger (2017), composed of handset metal & wood types with an image hand-carved from linoleum, is part of this traveling letterpress exhibition, which opened at the College of Saint Benedict Clemens Library in St. Joseph, MN in April 2017. {Learn more}


2007 :: Article written for Interrobang

A Boy and His Type: The Typographic Art of Christopher Stern

Shortly after my mentor Chris Stern passed away in 2006, I wrote an article  for Interrobang about the passionate process of his artwork. It was published in 2007 by the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA), in conjunction with a retrospective of Chris’s work during TypeCon2007 in Seattle, WA {Read full article}