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5:00 PM17:00

Mainframe Studios - First Friday

The Red Door Press is hosting an exciting exhibition and art installation at Mainframe Studios for the First Friday open studio event on April 6th. The evening will highlight the revival of letterpress printing with posters from studios across the U.S. 

In addition come view the installation of The Red Door Press' work in the atrium for the month of April as a tribute to artist, Van Gogh and their great appreciation for type.

Enjoy live music and a special pop-up menu by The Tangerine Food Company. More details coming soon on our Facebook event page:



directions + parking
Our address says Keo Way, but our main entrance is where 10th & Center meet.
There is parking in surrounding lots on nights and weekends. Look for our new signs to help you get acquainted with visiting Mainframe during events.

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Why Letterpress - Gallery Exhibition - Curated By The Red Door Press
to Apr 13

Why Letterpress - Gallery Exhibition - Curated By The Red Door Press

  • The Red Door Press - Gallery Studio 101, Print Shop Studi 120 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Why Letterpress is a pop-up gallery located inside of Mainframe Studios hosting the work of over 200+ letterpress artists from around the US and some international locations.

This exhibition hosts work this is up for sale by many of the artists and pop-up dates are listed below. Please stop in to see us or contact us at, The Red Door Press with any additional questions.

The focus of this exhibition is to have the conversation of "Why Letterpress" and why so many printers gravitate to this medium of choice. To represent a visual dialogue within the print community on why they choose letterpress for so many reasons whether through the focus of preserving letterpress, the printing history, community connections, transitions into experimental methods and techniques.

Pop-up Dates:

  • April 2nd, Monday,  6 to 8 pm
  • April 3rd, Tuesday,  6 to 8pm
  • April 5th, Thursday, 6 to 8pm
  • April 6th, Friday, 5 to 8pm  (First Friday Open Studios - several studios will be open at MF
  • April 7th, Saturday, 11 am to 2pm
  • April 10th, Tuesday, 6 to 8pm
  • April 12th, Thursday, 6 to 8pm
  • April 13th, Friday, 6 to 8pm (Final Gallery and purchase night)

#whyletterpress #thereddoorpress

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Pressing On: The Letterpress Film Screening, Panel + Gallery Opening
2:00 PM14:00

Pressing On: The Letterpress Film Screening, Panel + Gallery Opening

Join AIGA Iowa and The Red Door Press for an afternoon showing of Pressing On: The Letterpress Film at the Des Moines Art Center.

A panel including letterpress printers featured in the film will follow and attendees can visit Mainframe Studios for refreshments and a pop-up print show later that evening.


Pressing On: The Letterpress Film 2 - 4 pm | Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center

Film Panel 4 - 5 pm | Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center

After Party & Print Show 6 - 9 pm | Mainframe Studios, 900 Keosauqua Way Des Moines, IA 50309

RSVP (to attend film you must RSVP for a ticket, free to attend but there is limited seating)


The modern world was born on a printing press. Once essential to communication, the 500-year-old process is now in danger of being lost as its caretakers age. From self-proclaimed basement hoarders to the famed Hatch Show Print, Pressing On: The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age?

Worlds of each character emerge as unusual narratives—joyful, mournful, reflective and visionary—are punctuated with on-screen visual poetry, every shot meticulously composed. Captivating personalities blend with wood, metal and type as young printers strive to save this historic process in a film created for the designer, type nerd, historian and collector in us all.



This husband and wife duo started their now burgeoning business out of their garage in 2012. This past year they moved into a newly renovated space at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines, IA and continue to print everything from unique cards, broadsides, social stationery, corporate branding and more.

Special thanks to our sponsors:
AIGA Iowa, Mainframe Studios, The Downtown Farmers Market

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AE | Local Maker's Pop-Up
5:00 PM17:00

AE | Local Maker's Pop-Up

Active DSM Local Makers


Join us Thursday, July 13th at Active Endeavors with some of our favorite local Des Moines Makers. 

Event will run from 5-8 pm for a pop-up shopping experience outside the store. When you make a purchase with one of our local makers, you’ll receive a ticket good for $5 Off your purchase inside (up to $15 Off).

Our friends from The Side Garage will also be set-up for Print-Your-Own-Shirt to raise money for CITA (Central Iowa Trail Association). Plus, AE will have refreshments iced down inside to keep you cool while you check out all of the local goodness!


● The Side Garage
● Authentic Life Co. 
● Iowa Parklands
● The Red Door Press
● National Park Maps
● Hangry Hippos
● Bozz Prints 

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