FIRST FRIDAY / A Cut Above the Rest on Nov 1, 2019

Posted on Oct 22, 2019 in Events
A Cut Above the Rest - First Friday - November 1, 2019

When + Where
Friday, November 1, 2019 // 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Mainframe Studios // 900 Keosauqua Way, Des Moines, IA

Free and open to the public!

The Red Door Press will host a special letterpress and photographic exhibition “A Cut Above the Rest” with a close-up look at the amazing details found in antique letterpress “cuts” from their extensive collection. 

Adam and Tammy Winn, of The Red Door Press, have collaborated with Paige Peterson Photography to create large-scale photographs that illuminate the intricate details of letterpress image blocks, otherwise known as “cuts.” While most of Adam and Tammy’s collection consists of moveable type (individual letters and numbers), they have several hundred small, ornate metal cuts which were primarily made using an electrotyping process invented in the 1850s to allow mass-reproduction of engravings or woodcuts made by skilled artists. A photo gallery will depict more than fifty of their favorites.

To accompany each photograph The Red Door Press has produced a small edition print from the actual cut which will be for sale during the exhibition.  Each of the larger photographs will also be available to purchase by inquiring with The Red Door Press in Studio 120.

While you’re here, enjoy:
A pop-up performance by Ballet Des Moines
Musical performance by Don Brown and Jess V
Food & Drink provided by The Tangerine Food Company
Over 70 art studios to explore!

About The Red Door Press 

The Red Door Press is a traditional letterpress print shop located inside Mainframe Studios. The proprietors, wife-husband team – Tammy Winn & Adam Winn – use traditional letterpress printing techniques and antique printing equipment to make a wide variety of printed goods. Inside their shop you’ll find posters, cards, custom stationery and other letterpress ephemera. They follow a philosophy of “preservation through use” to help keep their equipment and knowledge alive in the digital age. 

Started in 2012 in their garage, The Red Door Press has grown from a single press and a handful of hand-set type to a collection of twenty-seven presses dating as far back as the 1890’s and more than 500 sets of letterpress type. Those numbers will undoubtedly grow as they continue to rescue and restore equipment in the years to come. Follow and learn more about the Winns and their shop: / @reddoorpress /

About Mainframe Studios

Mainframe Studios is a new nonprofit model for providing permanent affordable workspace to artists of all disciplines. It is transforming Central Iowa’s art scene by creating a financially self-sustaining economic and cultural driver, serving as a national model that stands the test of time. Only partially renovated, its 160,000 square foot facility in downtown Des Moines currently features over 70 modern studios and 89 tenants who include glass blowers, game developers, jewelers, painters, photographers, illustrators, designers and ceramicists as well as arts-related nonprofits such as Des Moines Music Coalition, KFMG Radio, Civic Music and more. Mainframe Studios is fundraising to finish the project and add 100 more studios. Over 100 artists who paid a deposit are on its current waitlist. Learn more at, and @mainframearts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.