On Tuesday, September 9, 2013, an intimate group of AIGA members enjoyed an evening of typographic experimentation at Sapling Press in celebration of AIGA Pittsburgh’s Typography Month.
At the Pulp & Pressure Beginner’s Letterpress Workshop, a group of students, freelancers, designers and artists witnessed the magic that happens when metal type, ink, and paper come together on a press. Lisa Krowinski, owner of Sapling Press, told the group about the origin of her company name. “Saplings are young, ambitious and eager to find their own way,” she stated with a smile. Like the sapling, Lisa puts a great deal of energy into growth. Her every pursuit and action is in service of extending her vision as an artist.
Lisa gave an overview of her work, her creative process and how she manages clients. She also took visitors on a tour of the new Sapling Press studio and storefront in Lawrenceville, while demonstrating how each press in her space is used.
The group then jumped into the hands-on portion of the workshop. With Lisa’s guidance, they began the very difficult process of setting type in a metal rectangle called a “chase.” Attendees ended the night by typesetting and printing a few creations of their own—but everyone definitely took home a lot more than just some pieces of printed paper.
The night was not just about the mechanical output of some cool letterpress work. The experience at Sapling Press was authentic and personal. Workshop attendees got an inspiring glimpse into Lisa’s process and experienced how she translates creative ideas into beautiful letterpress prints.