Hollander's, Ann Arbor, Mich.
2 hours, 30 minutes
The cast-iron letterpress from he 1920s looks intimidating — it can give you a good pinch if you're not careful. But our instructor, Tom Hollander, leads us through the procedure: First ink the plate, which spreads color onto rollers, then position the paper carefully before drawing down the tall handle on the left, pressing the inked image onto the page. Voila! I have a beautifully inked image — a work of art.
Hollander's, in Ann Arbor, Mich., is the place to go for materials and classes related to book and paper art. It all began with Annette Hollander, one of the early supporters of the U.S. book art movement in the 1960s. Inheriting his mother's love for the craft, Tom began the business with his wife, Cindy, in their home then opened a little shop in Ann Arbor's Kerrytown district in 1991.
Today, Hollander's carries one of the largest collections of international decorative papers: Think Egyptian papyrus, Japanese silk-screen and Florentine prints embossed with powdered gold. Workshops cover a wide range and include bookbinding, calligraphy and encaustic (melted wax) painting. Recently, Hollander's added a culinary shop and kitchen with chef-led demonstrations and hands-on workshops such as wine and food pairing.
Classes are small, usually six to 12 students, and range from a few hours to several days, with prices starting around $30. The website has a full list and details. // Manya Kaczkowski
Hollander's, 410 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor, Mich., 734-741-7531, hollanders.com