One of my favorite things about being a letterpress printer has been meeting other printers, young and old. Over the years they’ve been one of the best resources for learning new tips and tricks, acquiring new equipment, and hearing tales of printing lore. The Midwest and Great Northern Printers’ Fair was the first printing events I ever went to –before I even had any printing equipment.
This year they are partnering with the Ladies of Letterpress and hosting Type on the Cob III at Printers’ Hall on the Thresher’s Grounds in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. There will be workshops, lectures, and printer camaraderie in abundance. I’ll be heading down to Mount Pleasant this September and I’d encourage anyone interested in learning more about the world of letterpress to join the fun. Check out more details here.
And for those wondering what past events have been like, I posted about the first Type on the Cob here and a past Midwest and Great Northern Printers’ Fair here.
Somehow summer is gone and its a crisp 50 degrees outside today. September is a very busy month here at the studio. We’ve got lots of new paper goodies debuting at our September shows (and online very soon!). We’ve also got lots of new wedding invite samples to debut at Zazou’s Bridal Show in Dubuque. Hope to see your smiling faces there!
Sat., Sept. 13th | 11AM-5PM | Pear Fair | Mohair Pear, Cedar Falls, IA
Sun., Sept. 14th | 1-4PM | ICM Made Market | Brown Deer Golf Course, Coralville, IA Sun., Sept. 21st | 12-3PM | Zazou’s Bridal Show | 955 Washington St. Dubuque, IA
Sat., Sept. 27th | 9-4PM | Lincoln Hwy. Arts Festival | Uptown Mount Vernon, IA
The 21st Annual Midwest & Great Northern Printers Fair is coming up in less than a month! This will be my 7th year attending the Printers Fair and it holds a special place in my printer heart. (Photo above was taken during the Printers Fair a couple of years back by one of the larger presses they have at Printers Hall)
Printers Hall is a working museum/print shop on the Threshers Grounds in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. They house dozens of presses and equipment, most of which are in working condition. When I was first interested in letterpress, I decided to check out the Printers Fair all those years ago. Eventually, my first press came out of my visit to Printers Hall and the second press came a couple of years later from the same place. Last summer I also attended the Ladies of Letterpress Conference, Type on the Cob, held at Printers Hall.
While there, I’ve met many printers whom have become good friends and mentors. I’m really looking forward to this year’s Printers Fair and would encourage those interested in learning a bit more about letterpress, to take the trip to Mt. Pleasant in September.
For more info about the events of this year’s Printers Fair, I’ve posted some details here on the Ladies of Letterpress site. Also check out the Old Threshers site for more photos and info about Printers Hall.
Last Saturday we had our Spring Open House at the studio. The studio is usually closed Saturdays, but we love doing seasonal events and give everyone a chance to visit!
We partnered with our friends at Candle Barn Candles and Bare Root Designs for this event. We had a small selection of each of their goods. For those that missed their awesome goodies, Bare Root Designs just happens to be having a Facebook sale this Friday. Candle Barn Candles are often at NewBo City Market as well.
We also had a few new spring goodies in the shop of our own. We’re also gearing up for the Lucky Star Market at the end of April as well, so lots of new items to come!
We’ve also had the foil stamper busy these last few weeks. New for spring, monograms in gold foil on 100% cotton paper are available in the studio or by custom order. They make great gifts for bridesmaids, newlyweds or mother’s day!
Thanks so much to all who came to visit this weekend! Can’t tell you how much it means to see all of you support Iron Leaf Press!