Twelve Teens a Printing

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Kim Vanderheiden instructs teens in setting up for letterpress printing

Kim Vanderheiden instructs teens in setting up for letterpress printing

Twelve teens from The Contemporary Jewish Museum came to our studio this Sunday to print invitations to their new Teen Architecture Tour program. They are part of a new paid teen-led internship program with the museum. Recently, they have been training to lead visitors on architecture tours through the museum’s unique structure, designed in 1998 by Daniel Libeskind.


Intern Vanessa Cabrera drew the artwork for the invitation. The wild angles of her line drawing reflect those within the museum. I attended the museum the week it opened, and was thrilled with it – particularly with the Yud Gallery, a fabulous place for sound exhibitions. It’s staged for quiet contemplation, but truthfully, I was so excited by the room, the way the window light reflected off the angular walls, and the sound installation that it was hard to be still!

I highly recommend that readers take the teens up on their offer and join one of their tours. For more information, please contact Leah Greenberg at lgreenberg@thecjm.org

Here are some pictures of the process and print:

Painted Tongue Press teeming with teens! Students divided into three groups, one at the Vandercook, one at the Heidelberg, and one at the computers.

Painted Tongue Press teeming with teens! Students divided into three groups, one at the Vandercook, one at the Heidelberg, and one at the computers.

CJM Print
CJM Plate
The polymer plate we printed from.

Teens print at the Vandercook with CJM Youth Programs Coordinator Leah Greenberg and Painted Tongue owner Kim Vanderheiden looking on. and

Teens print at the Vandercook with CJM Youth Programs Coordinator Leah Greenberg and Painted Tongue owner Kim Vanderheiden looking on. and

Voila! The blue is printed. Now for the orange!

Voila! The blue is printed. Now for the orange!

CJM in the big cutter

In the guillotine for trimming.

The studio packed with students during the workshop. Students divided into three groups, one at the Vandercook press, one at the Heidelberg press, and one at the computer to talk about design programs.

CJM Stacked
The final trimmed stack is always satisfying.

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2 responses to “Twelve Teens a Printing

  1. Beautiful photos! Thank you to everyone at Painted Tongue for a wonderful experience. The Teen Interns are still talking about how great it was to use the “old school” press. Now hopefully some folks will come to their tours…I agree with you about the building – the Yud is also my favorite space.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting us. It is great to see these photos, it really makes the letterpress process come alive for me. So glad our teens were able to work on this project with y’all at painted tongue. What a treat.

    Sincerely,
    Fraidy
    Director of Education, CJM

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