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Letterpress Gang LogoOne year ago I was introduced to the wonderful world of letterpress when a friend suggested we check out a Wayzgoose happening at the Dawson Printshop (which is part of the Nova Scotia College for Art and Design). I had never heard of the Dawson Printshop before, but I knew that a Wayzgoose was an old-fashioned term for a printer’s open house so I was immediately intrigued. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into the Dawson Printshop for the very first time, but I certainly did not expect to fall in love with printing or have letterpress become a huge part of my life. Since then I’ve become an active member of the Letterpress Gang and I even bought my own little tabletop press for small projects I can do right at home.

Spring has finally sprung after a long winter and the Letterpress Gang is once again hosting a Wayzgoose at the Dawson Printshop — its 2nd Annual Wayzgoose, to be more precise. There will be nibbles and demonstrations, and guests will have the opportunity to print letterpress keepsakes (like the poster below) on the shop’s vintage presses.

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterWe printed the Wayzgoose event poster at our last meeting. We decided to mix white, dark blue, and a little bit of yellow ink to make a light blue for the poster’s second colour.

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterThe inked press. We set up a mixture of antique wood and metal type for printing.

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterAs you can see, the first part of the poster has already been printed. Here we are getting ready to print the second colour.

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterAnd ZOOM! there it goes into the press!

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterThe finished poster, still in the press.

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterThe finished posters laying out to dry. Notice how the letters printed with wood type show the grain and imperfections of the wood whereas the letters printed with metal type (the date, time, and place) are much crisper on the page.

Printing the Letterpress Gang 2nd Annual Wayzgoose PosterI hope that you can stop by the Dawson Printshop at 1895 Granville Street on May 12th between 12-5 p.m. to see and feel the magic that is letterpress. I dare you to not fall in love.

For more information about the Letterpress Gang please check out our Facebook page or click here for event details. You can also follow the Letterpress Gang on Twitter at @lpghfx.

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