Atlanta is such a great city for festivals. It’s also a pretty great city for makers. The handmade community here is vibrant and thriving, and as a result of that industrious spirit, you can take a class in everything from blacksmithing to glassblowing to urban chicken farming without leaving the city. Atlanta is truly a home for the curious.
One of our neighborhoods has decided to enter the festival scene the maker way, and I’m excited that Iron Heart Press will get to be a part of that by leading a workshop at the inaugural Ormewood Park Meet the Maker’s Festival. On March 25, they will host a jam-packed day of workshops including beer brewing, journal binding, birdhouse making, making tiny garden, indigo dyeing, and more. Even Tiny Doors will make an appearance, teaching festival-goers how to make a tiny garden. How cool is that!
Of course, I am most excited about the letterpress workshop that Iron Heart Press will be hosting at 12:30. In the workshop, students will learn the very condensed basics of letterpress printing, from some light print history to various print forms including setting and printing with lead type, wood blocks, and photopolymer. The workshop will also cover lock-up, make-ready, and cleaning as students print their own small print on one of Iron Heart’s fully restored Adana 8×5 presses.
I hope you can drop by to take in some of the creativity and get inspired to go make something. For more information and to register for workshops at Ormewood Park’s Meet the Makers Festival, go to http://www.ormewoodpark.org and maybe sign up for something cool.