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Letterpress cards class: date change


Our Letterpress Cards class that was to start tonight has been rescheduled to accommodate student requests, so you still have some time to join! It’s two sessions, which will take place two weeks apart on Wednesday evenings, August 19 and September 2. See the updated class listing for more details: LETTERPRESS CARDS link

We’re back!


Levigator Press is back from vacation and the shop is back to regular hours. We did a little bit of work while on vacation, and we’ve got a few more new classes to add for fall. Stay tuned for fun new projects and events, which we’ll tell you about later just as soon as we’ve caught up on everything we missed. Also, if you haven’t yet entered our contest by leaving a comment on our last post (click HERE), we’re giving you until Friday to do so, then we’ll announce a winner!

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Levigator Press is going on vacation!


Levigator Press will be closed for summer vacation from Sunday, July 26 to Sunday, August 9, to recharge our batteries and get ready for fall classes and printing! We’ll be open this weekend for the Walkerville Art Walk & Rock event, though, so you still have time to get your Levigator Press fix before we head out.

Leave us a comment here and tell us what YOU’RE doing for summer vacation, and when we get back we’ll randomly choose one commenter to receive a free workshop (limited to locals) or a Levigator Press tote bag (for those who can’t get here for a class). Please be sure and tell us in your comment whether or not you are local, so we know which hat to throw your name into!

While we’re away, you can still register for any of the classes we have currently listed. We can accept your deposit via e-transfer or Paypal to secure your spot in a class! Find details at the bottom of each class listing. We’re already starting to sign people up, so it’s a good idea to get your name in there early. We don’t want you to miss out!

Studio news: CBBAG Bookbinding 1 course

We’ve just confirmed that Levigator Press will be hosting master bookbinder Dan Mezza of London, ON, to teach the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild course, Bookbinding 1 in October 2015. This is a 6-day, intensive course that will get you on the road to serious bookbinding and book preservation, and it is a prerequisite for taking further CBBAG courses. We’re delighted to be able to offer this high quality course in Windsor.

More details to come, but for now you can contact us if you’re interested and we’ll put you on a mailing list so you’ll get updates as they happen. The course will run for three consecutive weekends, 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday, on the following dates: October 17 & 18, October 24 & 25, and October 31 & November 1. You’ll register for the course through CBBAG rather than through Levigator Press, and will be required to take out a CBBAG membership in order to take the course. We’ll fill you in on more of those details later but in the meantime, mark your calendars!

For more information about the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild, click here–> CBBAG website

This weekend at Levigator Press


Summer is here! And Walkerville will be hopping this weekend, with Art in the Park, the opening of the new City Market, and loads of yard sales. Here at Levigator Press, we have to work all weekend, but we’re in the mood to party!


Nicole of Mercantile 519 will be joining us for sidewalk sale madness, bringing you hot summer specials on letterpress cards, jewellery, and more! We’ll also be playing some cornhole, so come on over and loosen up your throwing arm.


Inside the studio we’ll be printing up a storm, with impromptu demos in screenprint, letterpress, and block printing all weekend long. And because we had so much fun last time we did it, you can bring a t-shirt in between 2 and 5 on Saturday to have it printed with an image of your choice from our selection of hand carved wood and lino blocks. All you have to do is show up and be awesome!


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Levigator Press Grand Opening

Our grand opening event was a huge success, with good crowds coming through the studio all day long, lots of interest in printmaking and the demos, and some lovely people signing up to take classes! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us or sent along your well wishes from afar. We’re overwhelmed, grateful, delighted, and exhausted. And super excited to get down to the business of making prints with all of you!

A shot of the shop during the last early moments of calm:


Letterpress demo:


Relief printing demo:


Our demo print: HEY. We printed this on t-shirts for some of our visitors. Can’t wait to see them being worn around town!


Special thanks to: Nicole Drouillard of Mercantile 519, who helped all day long by handling sales while I demoed and schmoozed; Leesa Bringas, who stayed up very late the night before helping set up the retail part of the shop; Eugenia Vlasova and Paul Phillippov of Weeded Words who made vinyl decals for our window and wall, as well as some sweet Levigator Press tote bags; my dear friend Monica Rock who helped with some of the gross jobs while getting the space ready, and who delivered the gorgeous flowers for the opening; and of course Peter, without whose support we wouldn’t even have this amazing space.



The shop window at 1:00am, all ready for the grand opening. My friend Leesa Bringas helped me to dress the window so that it looks like a charming setting for a 7th birthday party. We’re ready to open!

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Yesterday my friends Eugenia and Paul came by and installed this lovely vinyl on the shop door.


You can see more of their work at their Etsy shop, Weeded Words. We’ll also have some of their work in our store!

And I built these four sturdy work tables. Some of them will eventually have glass tops for inking slabs, but as we’ll likely use a few for screenprinting, we’ll keep them without glass for the time being. They can be moved around the studio, which is great because I keep changing my mind about how I want to arrange the space. Better to keep things ready to be rearranged when the big etching press gets here in a few weeks.


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