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

02.21.19 :: SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT
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 & Artist Talk: Feb. 21, 2019, 5–7pm}

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 & Artist Talk: 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}