Set wood type and printer’s blocks to design your own bespoke poster on the iron handpress at Constellation & Co.
Join the founder of an acclaimed print shop to customize and print your own poster using an iron hand press dating back 150 years.
For four centuries, prior to automated machine printers and copiers, the letterpress was the go-to for communicating via the printed word. Take part in the artisanal revival of this art form with Sara McNally, the founder of the printing shop Constellation & Co., as you tour of the studio and learn about the working letterpress. Once you’ve seen the space and tied your apron, you’ll roll up your sleeves to set the antique wood type and printer’s blocks by hand, design your own poster, and ink away using a 150-year-old iron hand press.
Create Your Own Letterpress Poster
Use the time-honored tradition of printing by hand to create a one-of-a-kind design to bring home with you
Tour a Shop Dedicated to Bespoke Printing
Learn about the history of the industry and the revival of the art form from a letterpress mastermind at her boutique
Each event is capped at 8 participants; each event requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to take place.
Meet the Host
When Sara McNally was in design school, she discovered her calling through the pages of a book detailing printing and the Industrial Revolution. Along with her husband, Sara refurbished a 1921 platen press and opened Constellation & Co., a boutique letterpress and print shop. Noted for its...More about this host
Interbay, Seattle, WA
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Helen DotyI had the best time. Sara was so pleasant and helpful. I would love to do this again. And, I probably will. Definitely a great time.
Amelia SosaSara was great. The class was fun and at the end of the day you leave with a beautiful poster you made yourself! With a design background or not at all, you'll have a great time (it isn't a technical class that requires design expertise). Feels great supporting local talent and her new store/studio is very cozy and welcoming. Recommended.
Chris GolaszewskiI like my sans-serifs bold! I really enjoyed learning some hands-on printing history and that I had a chance to create serious artwork with their press named Wendy. They provided a very friendly and open atmosphere. I highly recommend this fun and educational experience to all.
Linda MadiganThank you for a very informative and fun time! It was a great way to gain knowledge about techniques of the past- and now- the present.
Julie McDonaldSara & Brad were amazing teachers and hosts for the Saturday workshop! Their time & attention ensured that each of us left with a fabulous and original print.
Harumi KobayashiSara is a professional, knowledgeable and passionate printer. It was interesting to learn about the history of printing and to see how to use her antique printing presses and how to create a lock-up (form). It was fun to be away from my computer and set wooden type and print my own posters. It was a great experience.