Many hands make light work: restoring heritage types

Do you enjoy the meditative process of organising things? If so, Wai-te-ata Press runs weekly working bees to clean and organise heritage letterpress types.

Many hands make light work: restoring heritage types

Wai-te-ata Press (RB007)


About the Chinese heritage types

Wai-te-ata Press cares for  New Zealand's only collection of Chinese-language metal letterpress type.  We are now seeking volunteers to help restore this collection for future community use.

About the working bees

The weekly working bees are opportunities to take a break from busy digital lives, enjoy the tactility of type, and contribute towards the creation of a community-facing letterpress studio. Volunteers are welcome to drop-in for as long as they like, whether the full session or a few minutes.

a pair of hands handles metal letterpress typea closeup of pieces of Chinese letterpress typeVolunteers may help with the following tasks:

  • cleaning pieces of type with a soft brush
  • identifying pieces of type
  • organising pieces of type into the correct type case compartments
  • labelling type cases
  • vacuuming type cases.

No previous experience necessary. Chinese linguistic ability would be bonus, but not necessary. Wai-te-ata Press staff will provide all tools, training, and personal protective equipment (PPE).

Dates and times

2-4pm, every Wednesday afternoon from 26 January  to 21 December 2022.

Drop-in for as long as you like, whether the full session or a few minutes.

Venue

Wai-te-ata Press
Room 007, Rankine Brown
Gate 3 Kelburn Parade
Kelburn Campus
Wellington, 6140

For detailed directions, download this map.