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Salt and Cedar letterpress studio: Craft, community, conviviality in Eastern Market

Letterpress Studio

It’s been an exciting couple months for art-lovers in Eastern Market. Between the Red Bull House of Art’s recent opening, Signal Return, and Germack Coffee launching to fuel all of this gallery-hopping, Eastern Market is now home to a second letterpress studio.

Co-owners Megan O’Connell and Leon Johnson quietly opened Salt and Cedar on Riopelle St., behind Vivio’s. As their name suggests, the duo plans on using the space to connect art and food. Their Book and Bread events, hosted every few weeks, are workshops teaching book binding, printing, and letterpress techniques, but they also include dinners with ingredients sourced fresh from the market. “It’s the deep desire people have to return to fresh, true ingredients and beautiful materials,” O’Connell explains.

“I’m really taken with the way that letterpress has one slow down and really consider the tangible factor of printing, and the fact that nothing here is done by default,” O’Connell says. “It really is about letting something form, steering it, and working within limitations. Even though on digital platforms we have beautiful type that hints at what letterpress is, there’s something about the kiss of the type into the paper.“

Although Salt and Cedar is primarily a letterpress, you’ll find a wide range of happenings in and around the building: pop up cinema, dinner theaters, readings, and other performances.

To keep up with Salt and Cedar, you can stop by 2448 Riopelle or find them on Facebook.

DETROIT UNSPUN VIDEO: INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN O’CONNELL

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