Jason Stadnik and Shaina Pruden on Legacy of Letters

Jason Stadnik and Shaina Pruden (Legacy of Letters 2019)

That’s amore! Shaina and I absolutely loved our Legacy of Letters Italian adventure to the Tipoteca in Cornuda. I’m a type-geek at heart—so this trip was a no-brainer for me. But Shaina, a veterinarian, was a bit nervous to go at first. Her nerves were quickly put at ease when we arrived in Italy, toured the museums and participated in the letterpress workshop at the Tipoteca. Shaina killed it with her design and contributed a beautiful “Aperitivi” layout to the final class project… a handmade, letterpress menu/book that the entire class collaborated on. The theme for our group was “Tipo Cibo Vino”—Type, Food, Wine. Suffice it to say we enjoyed ample amounts of all three 🙂 In addition to the final book, Shaina and I brought home a new found appreciation for typography and its deep roots in Italian culture. Thanks to Paul, Peter, Sayre, Sandro and the rest of the folks at all of the museums, restaurants and the Tipoteca for putting together a trip of a lifetime… Ciao!

Shaina Pruden and jason Stadnik setting type during Legacy of Letters 2019. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Jason Stadnik holding his “Primi” design for the menu/book on a galley tray. Photograph by Shaina Pruden.

Shaina Pruden working on her “Aperitivi” design for the menu/book during the Legacy of Letters 2019 letterpress workshop. Photograph by Paul Shaw.

Legacy of Letters 2023 will take place from June 29 to July 12, 2023. It will include stops in Milano, Torino, Alpignano, Casteggio, Parma, Modena, Venice, and Cornuda. We will visit five libraries/museums, four letterpress shops, one silkscreen shop, and the Tipoteca (where we will have a multi-day letterpress workshop).