Letterpress short course; printing posters and cards
We run letterpress workshops throughout the year aimed at providing an introduction in to the printing methods we use on a daily basis. Numbers are restricted to 4 per session so that each participant has access to a press for the whole day. Although letterpress is a skilled craft, our workshops make it easy for newcomers to get a taste of the ‘dark art’ by using simple machines that enable a relatively quick and satisfying result.
Sessions begin with a short demonstration of hand setting and inking before we run through the basics of how each machine operates. You will then be free to design and print posters or cards of your choosing using the wide variety of wood and hot-metal type that we have available. You will learn how to set type accurately in a setting-stick, lock up a forme, mix ink and apply it to a press. And, most importantly, you will learn the joy of seeing your creation come to life once it’s taken from the grippers. There are multiple variables in the printing process and you will be guided through the processes at each stage.
Workshops run for one day from 9.30am – 4.30pm and cost £85.