Lettre Sauvage

Lettre Sauvage
Spring 2008 Letterpress Workshops

Lettre Sauvage studio is located in Santa Paula, CA, about an hour from LA and Santa Barbara. Equipment includes: Vandercook SP15, Pilot table-top press, Chandler and Price 10x15 old style platen press (for scoring and die cutting), Challenge 23" paper cutter, and three cabinets of metal type. Students ages 10 and up with any level of experience are welcome.
Your creativity will be enhanced by great music (often live), conversation and the sweet, art-first atmosphere of the Lettre Sauvage studio under the oaks.
Instructors/hosts: Fiona Spring, Cameron Leggett, Genevieve Yue, Sophia Kidd. Get to know us!
phone 805.794.0167

Postcard Sauvage
Date and time: Saturday, February 9, 3:00 to 9:00 PM
Price: $40
Postcards aren't only for when you're out of town. Take a mental holiday and surprise friends with a hand letterpressed postcard in their mailbox.
Each guest will take home a set of 20 letterpress printed postcards. There is a 6 guest maximum for this postcard party.

Happy Chinese New Year
-Calligrahy and Letterpress

Date and time: Saturday, February 23, 10:00 to 3:00 PM
Price: $85

Geared toward the lithe mind, ages ten and up.
book of changes
A make it yourself book
Learn the basics of an ancient style of writing, an old fashioned way of printing, and the basic tenets of china's oldest book of wisdom. Chinese calligraphy supplies provided.
Conversation Coasters
Date and time: Saturday, March 15, 3:00 to 9:00 PM
Price: $40
Remember the fabulous coasters at that lounge or hotel? The thick paper and kitchy design…you can outdo them! We'll have scads of thought provoking quotes on hand for "conversation starter" coasters, or choose from graphics and try your hand at typography with metal type.
Each guest will leave with 20 letterpress printed, paper drink coasters. There is a 6 guest maximum for this coaster party.
Matchbook Artists' Book
Date and time: Saturday, March 29, 1:00 to 8:00 PM
Price: $60
This intensive workshop will cover all aspects of letterpress publishing... composing, printing, numbering, perforating, cutting, scoring, and binding. The goal is to produce a complete limited edition artist's book in a single day. Participants will compose a short portion of text, to be letterpressed into small matchbook format. The edition will be 125 pieces of approximately 12 pages. Each participant will receive 20 books. Prior writing experience while acknowledged, is not required. All text will be derived through the use of chance operations and surrealist writing techniques. All participants will be given an opportunity to handset type and run letterpress equipment. If you're ready put a hand into self publishing, start small, and start now, Join in. Attendance is limited to 5 participants. Fee includes dinner hour munchies.
The gift of hard work…
…for the receiver that is! Give a Lettre Sauvage custom printing gift certificate with the option of printing stationery with us.
You may know someone who seems like they'd enjoy rolling up their sleeves and running vintage machines. If it turns out they'd rather not, this gift certificate won't go to waste- they can just call or email their order and we'll deliver it to their doorstep. For those quixotic friends: two gifts in one!
Redeemable for 50 Lettre Sauvage note cards personalized with name or initials on cards and address on envelopes. Learn how to do it with a private lesson or let us do the work. Lesson must be scheduled 6-8 weeks in advance. Lettre Sauvage will contact the recipient if requested to give them a personal welcome. $175


Lettre Sauvage
Community Studio

Lettre Sauvage studio offers personalized lessons in the craft of letterpress printing for individuals and groups of up to four. Use of the press is available to experienced printers.

Printing Lesson Learn to operate the press. Basics of typesetting, inking, preparing paper and making the press ready to print will be covered.

By appointment
Taught by Fiona Spring
$35 per hour per person $50 per hour for a group of 2-4 working on the same project

Press Rental After one or two lessons, students may wish to work on a solo project. Lettre Sauvage staff will be available to help with services like ordering and cutting paper and advising on printing and design issues. There is also a small library in the studio of books about books, printing, design and poetry.

Equipment includes: Vandercook SP15, Pilot table-top press, Chandler and Price 10x15 old style platen press (for scoring and die cutting), Challenge 23" paper cutter

By appointment
$20 the first hour, $10 each additional hour