Print a poster, discover the different printing techniques at Lancaster Print Crawl


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Lancaster will be full of art for the next few days. Long’s Park’s long-running art festival takes place this weekend, but inside the city another more recent interactive art tradition takes place on Friday: the fourth annual Lancaster Print Crawl.

While printing, guests can visit eight local print shops specializing in different techniques such as letterpress, screen printing and laser cutting.

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At the first store, participants receive a partially completed poster. Then at each next stop they add another piece to the poster until it is complete at the end of the crawl. Participants can even do some of the printing themselves.

“We have children [who] can barely look over the press bed, which is perhaps three feet tall. They are so small, but they can turn the handle if I hold the paper for them, so they are really involved and they are having so much fun, ”said Megan Zettlemoyer, owner of Typothecary Letterpress and helped organize the print crawl . .

The event isn’t just for kids, however. Zettlemoyer said people ranging from young children to retired adults are participating in the print exploration.

Zettlemoyer was inspired to create the Lancaster Print Crawl after attending a similar event in Nashville, Tennessee. Unlike the Nashville event, the Lancaster Print Crawl is fully walkable, covering approximately a mile of the city.

The crawl includes eight stores in Lancaster City, but Zettlemoyer said there are even more printing companies in the area. “We have a very vibrant design and print community in Lancaster,” Zettlemoyer said, and the print crawl helps highlight that community.

The print campaign also raises funds for graphics programs and scholarships at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Zettlemoyer works with students from these schools to design the posters for the print tours.

Participants can donate directly or purchase entries for a raffle, which is new this year. One of the elements of the raffle is a framed set of five printed exploration posters that includes a poster for the 2020 event, which did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fourth annual Lancaster Print Crawl will not be a disappointment, Zettlemoyer said. “Bring your friends and family. I swear it’s fun for everyone, I promise.

The print crawl takes place on the first Friday in September. This year, it’s Friday September 3 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. A map of participating businesses can be found here, and more information is available on the Facebook event page.

Guests can start exploring print at any location, although Zettlemoyer suggests starting at Typothecary Letterpress or the Heritage Press Museum for the most effective experience.

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