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Skill Exchange is a community-based workshop series aimed at empowering through hand making skills. From grating cheese to chopping wood, designer Kate Koeppel’s charming, letterpressed icons encourage makers and teachers to share their passion for their own handiwork.  




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2 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

13 × 19¬†in.

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Coronado /  Smooth Bright White / 130

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Mrs. Eaves Bold
Dalliance Roman
Knockout Junior Liteweight
Knockout Welterweight
Lavenderia Sturdy


Skill Exchange Pop-up Workshop Poster
Skill Exchange Pop-up Workshop Poster
Skill Exchange Pop-up Workshop Poster
Skill Exchange Pop-up Workshop Poster
Skill Exchange Pop-up Workshop Poster
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Project Description

This letterpress poster is a promotional piece for Skill Exchange's 3-day pop-up workshop series in San Francisco.

Skill Exchange is a community-based workshop series which aims to inspire the community to use their hands, and learn new and traditional hand making skills in a fun, social setting. As handcrafting skills are too often undervalued and under-practiced— Skill Exchange seeks to encourage self-reliance through social skill exchange by bringing together enthusiastic makers and teachers to share their passion and craft with our communities.

I wanted to create a physical poster that would represent the value and philosophy of the whole project— people coming together to teach and practice traditional hand-making skills. I've had a little experience with letterpress printing, but after designing the poster, I wanted to hand it off to a professional that was really skilled in his craft, and would put the same energy into the project as I had.

Production Lesson(s)

Simple is better. Of the 5-10 (or 20) different versions I created, the simpler one worked best for letterpress, and for the overall hierarchy of the poster. Next time I'd love to play with creating a third color with two plates. Printing sheets areas with photopolymer and lots of dead space can ink up the negative plate space, so I cut most of the non-printing area from the base.”

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Kelly Cree

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October 5, 2012


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