Last week was Portland Design Week, which this year included the Portland Letterpress Printer's Fair. I have gone to the fair the last couple of years and was excited to go again. Portland is such a great city for creative people and there are letterpress printers hidden in all of the city's nooks and crannies. I took my first letterpress workshop in Portland and was able to get my shop setup with the help of friendly printers in the area.
This year was even more fun because I didn't go by myself! Leslie and Mike came with me to get inspired and see what other folks are up to. Mission accomplished!
A cool feature of this year's fair was the Print, Make, Share Challenge. Folks created teams, carved a block with their design and then printed their posters on sight. Some of the entries are above, the roller used to make the prints is below. Pretty awesome, right??
It is so inspiring to see what other printers are up to. I love seeing the designs and the creativity people are currently printing. We got so many ideas for our own products and hopefully will participate in next year's fair as a vendor. Here are some of the goodies that I picked up at the fair...
Seriously fun stuff. I love printing.