The Foundry of Art Design + Culture is bringing printing back with the art of letterpress. Foundry Press: A Print Collective will be opening at the Cohoes Public Library, and will provide letterpress printing, bookmaking services, classes and workshops, open studios, and tours.
The Foundry explains that although letterpress is of the mid-15th century, modern day letterpress printing is highly sought after for upscale invitations, stationery, and fine editions of books.
The Print Collective is the latest cultural economic and educational opportunity created by the Foundry, which strives to support access to exhibition, performance, educational and lecture opportunities to artists working in all sectors of the creative industry, thus supporting the local economy. The Foundry believes that preserving cultural heritage strengthens the cultural, educational and economic vitality of local communities.
Alana Sparrow, Principal Founding Artist at the Foundry notes, “This initiative is unique in that it is the first of its kind in the capital region. Designers and individuals seeking this artisanal service have often had to go outside the region. By providing artists, designers, students and the public at large access to these handcrafted services and educational opportunities we not only further this beautiful craft, but will make notable contributions to the regional economy.”
Currently, the Foundry are joined by Jeremy Chapline of Ink Plate Press and will be bringing in two other printers. They are still in the process of setting up the printing and book arts studio facility, so a grand opening will announced at a later date much to the excitement of Cohoes locals and the Capital Region.
Will you be using this unique facility to print your next invitations or perhaps order personalized stationary?