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Long-Distance Letterpress: Printing with Impact (Mike Hepher) • Partners in Print
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Long-Distance Letterpress: Just My Type

with Mike Hepher
Saturday, January 22
10:00 am – 12:00 pm PST
$50.00 – $75.00
A Zoom link will be sent in advance of class


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Why you should take this class

Designing with movable type is a great way to explore the ways we can engage a viewer or inspire change. The message may be personal, promotional, or practical, but it should also be clear to the viewer—which doesn’t mean it has to be basic or boring. We can tell a story, accentuate a message, and communicate our personal style all without compromising the thrust of the text. If you want to find new ways to use type and contribute to a live print design process, this course is for you.

What you’ll learn

Discussion-focused, process-oriented, and collaboratively-centered, this edition of Long-Distance Letterpress will examine why designing with movable type in the letterpress shop can be fun, non-linear, frustrating, impactful and satisfying—all at the same time. Over the course of two inspiring hours we’ll cover:

  • How to refine and edit your message to focus your design
  • Finding the crux, and amplifying it through type design
  • Creating quick thumbnail sketches as a way to iterate ideas
  • Adding depth to the message through design & layout
  • Selecting appropriate typefaces from your collection
  • Working collaboratively to produce a print together


This workshop consists of a live demonstration and interactive Q&A, with no advance preparation or supplies necessary to participate.

Who should take this class?

Letterpress printers, designers, typographers and people who put Comic Sans on everything.

Will this class be recorded?

All of PiP’s online classes are live and unrecorded — we find it’s a lot more fun and interactive this way. They are closed captioned using Zoom’s Live Transcription feature; to make the most of this tool, update to the most recent version of Zoom.

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About the Instructor

Mike Hepher
Fernie, BC
Michael Hepher is an interdisciplinary artist working as a printmaker, letterpress printer, illustrator, and oil painter. He founded Clawhammer Press in 2011 as an escape from website design, and has been printing since 2003 when a Chandler & Price platen accidentally landed in his garage. A versatile artist with a broad knowledge of the creative process, Michael has to his credit a wide variety of successful exhibitions, public art projects, and private commissions. Notable recents include work shown in the New Impressions exhibit at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum (2019 and 2017), and a feature profile in Uppercase Magazine’s PRINT/MAKER edition of the Encyclopedia of Inspiration. Recently he painted “All Kinds of Beauty,” a 16’ x 96’ mural inspired by his printmaking style (2019) and “Backroads BC,” a travelogue of oil paintings shown at the Fernie Museum Gallery (2018) and Smithers Art Gallery (2019). Currently, he’s touring a solo exhibition of prints and paintings titled “In This Together: an exploration of Canadian Rockies geography, lifestyle, and culture.” An elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Michael continues his diverse work from his home-based studio in Fernie, BC. Canada.