A Local Letterpress Resource

Your guide to almost everything you can do locally to get involved in the inkiest of print media. Inspired by the April 2010 cover story in City Arts magazine. (Did we miss anything? Add to the list in the comment form below.)

Photograph by Andrew Waits for City Arts.

classes, workshops, studio space

The Abactors’ Hideout at Smoke Farm (Arlington, WA)

Book Arts Guild (Seattle)
More classes and events for printers and book artists

Cornish College of the Arts (Downtown Seattle)
Summer adult programs offer studio courses in Book Arts.

Pratt Fine Arts Center (Central District)
Studio courses in 2d arts, including printmaking and letterpress.

School of Visual Concepts (Seattle)
Introductory classes with one of the best-equipped shops in the city.

Seattle Center for Book Arts
Classes and events for printers and book artists of all levels.

Seattle Central Community College
Their publishing arts program incorporates letterpress
work into a professional degree program.

The Windowpane Press
Classes and more from printer and bookbinder Bonnie
Thompson Norman, who teaches at her home studio and at SVC


Pulling a freshly printed letterpress piece at Wayzgoose in Tacoma, 2008. Photograph by Michael Knowles.

exhibits and book arts displays

Beautiful Angle (Tacoma)
Letterpress poster design meets guerilla art.

Collins Memorial Library – Univ. of Puget Sound (Tacoma)
A regular source for book arts events and information.

Kings Books (Tacoma)
Hosting a Wayzgoose (shown above) April 25, 2010

UW Book Arts Collection (U District)

Wessel and Lieberman Booksellers (Pioneer Square)


Letterpressed coasters from Swash Press in Wallingford, Seattle.

stationary, books, special edition posters and broadsides – even wedding invitations – you can’t find anywhere else

Anagram Press (Tacoma)

Arts & Crafts Press (Port Orchard)

Beautiful Angle poster project (Tacoma)

Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress (Bellingham)

C.C. Stern Type Foundry (Portland)

Chanterelle Modern Letterpress (Fall City)

Evolution Press (Ballard)

Myrtle Alley Press (West Seattle)

Stumptown Printers (Portland)

Swash Press (Wallingford)

Stern & Faye Letterpress Printers (Sedro-Woolley, WA)

Springtide Press (Tacoma)


discussion, nationwide directories and how-to guides on getting started

Briar Press
Dedicated to the preservation of letterpress-era equipment
and the art of fine printing.

Five Roses Intro to Letterpress

“I Love Letterpress” blog

The Rag & Bone Blog

Making Books Blog

Seattle Center for Book Arts
Classes and events for printers and book artists of all levels.

Jessica Spring at work in her Tacoma studio, Springtide Press. Photograph by Andrew Waits for City Arts.

MVPS from our story
people you may want to take classes with or just follow their work

Jessica Spring, Springtide Press (above)
Leader of the book arts movement in Tacoma.

Chandler O’Leary, Anagram Press
Talented illustrator who has designed a previous cover of City Arts Tacoma.

Griffith Williams

Lisa Hasegawa
Lisa teaches letterpress at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, serves on the board for Seattle Center for Book Arts, and is sole proprietor of ilfant press.

Carl Montford
A 72-year-old former Boeing draftsman, and an amazing artist who teaches wood engraving and letterpress printing at his home studio and at SVC.

Jenny Wilkson
Founder of SVC’s program.