Jilly Jack Designs uses letterpress for art

Jill Broadhacker is the owner of Jilly Jack Designs in Carmel. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Jill Broadhacker is the owner of Jilly Jack Designs in Carmel. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

By Anna Skinner

Jill Broadhacker uses history and creativity to make art.

Owner of Jilly Jack Designs, she uses letterpress to make art prints that she designs originally on her computer.

“I started with offset printed materials, but I’ve always loved letterpress printing and the process, so I switched over to that and just discovered you can buy your own presses and run them yourself,” she said.

Broadhacker opened her shop at 254 First Ave. SW, Suite F, in Carmel in September 2014. She also sells some of her materials online through Etsy.

Broadhacker visits schools with her small letterpress so the kids can learn about what she does. In addition to traveling to schools, Broadhacker will be hosting classes in her shop throughout February and March. There is an adult version, “Pints, Pizza & Posters,” with a bring-your-own-beer policy, and a 12-and-up class, “Pop, Pizza & Posters.” The group in the class will work more than two hours to create posters using wood and metal type and vintage imagery.

“The classes are to try and get people back here,” she said. “We’re trying to get on the Second Saturday Gallery Walks to get people over here, but it’s tough when it’s cold.”

For more, visit jillyjackdesignsllc.com. To reserve a spot for a class, email Broadhacker at jill@jillyjackdesignsllc.com.

CLASS DATES 

Pints, Pizza & Posters: 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 and 19. Cost is $45 and must be made in advance. Max class size of six.

Pop, Pizza & Posters: 2 to 4 p.m. March 13. Cost is $35 and must be made in advance. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and reservations must be made in advance.

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