About the Studio
At VisArts, we’re proud of our letterpress studio—the only public studio space of its kind in the area. The space includes a variety of type for type-set work as well as four presses.
Tools and Equipment
VisArts maintains the following tools and equipment in its letterpress studio:
- A 100-year-old platen press
- An electric-powered Challenge press
- A table-top proof press
- A standing proof press
- All tools necessary for setting and printing letterpress type
All open studio users have access to ink, an assortment of paper and envelopes, mineral spirits and rags. Plan to bring your own paper for editioning.
(804) 353-0094, ext. 225
- Kathryn Carney
- Chelsea Clark
These hours are for the winter session, which runs from January 2 through March 18. Please note that there are no open studio hours past 5 p.m. on First Fridays. Times are subject to change.
For your personal safety, please remove or tie back any loose clothing or long hair while using the presses.
Be sure to wash your hands at the end of your work session.
Do not use cell phones or other electronic devices (except computers) while in the letterpress studio.
Please treat the type with care, as the face of the characters can be easily damaged.
Please clean up after yourself. A proper clean-up includes cleaning the type and washing up the press. If you don’t know how to properly clean type or a specific press, ask your instructor or studio monitor.
You should redistribute any type or spacing you don’t plan to use, and neatly store the type you’ve set for future projects on a galley. Store your galley in the galley rack, with an accompanying signed galley slip. Be sure to accurately place all type and spacing in the appropriate compartments. All type should be redistributed (put away) within two weeks of completing a project or by the end of the session.
Dispose of soiled rags and other materials in the red hazardous materials bin.
Return all tools and supplies to the proper shelves and leave the letterpress studio as you found it.
Be very careful when operating the press. Keep hands away from the edges and the roller. Hands should be clean when using the press and handling blankets. Do not over-tighten the press as the rollers and bed may be damaged. Never put any hard or sharp objects through the press.