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The Joy of Type, Learning Letterpress - 2 Days

A weekend exploring both metal and wooden type to produce a collection of prints, postcards and greetings cards.

Dates: 13th & 14th April 2019 (two days)

Suitability: Beginners (Level 1)

Letterpress: Before the age of computers and modern printing techniques the world relied on the letterpress for all kinds of publications and is considered by many to be one of the most important inventions of all time.

Letterpress printing uses metal or wooden moveable type which is inked by hand or by the press, before paper or fabric is pressed on a printing press into it, to create a beautiful impression.

Today, letterpress is predominantly being used to create art, stationery and gifts; and its popularity is increasing due to the charm and individuality that can be achieved.

Tutor: Elizabeth Willow

Workshop: This workshop is perfect for those who want to learn and experience the wonders of letterpress. You will be taught to compose letters to form a series of words that you will then get to print on one of our Adana 8x5 table top printing presses.

Once familiar with the concept of setting type you will go on to incorporate wood type; and to further prints using your chosen quotes or phrases, that you can take home to adorn your walls or gift to others.

During the weekend you will get a tour around the studio and the collection of printing presses and casters within the heritage room, some of which date back to the late 1800s.

We look forward to sharing the unique joys of letterpress printing with those who attend.

Time: The workshop starts at 10:30am prompt and will finish at 4:30pm

Lunch: Lunch is included within the price of the workshop. Please let us know when booking if you have any dietary requirements.

What to bring: A few words you would like to print (this should be a phrase of two or three words, each word no longer than a dozed letters), glasses if you need them for close work and please ensure you wear sturdy, fully enclosed shoes.

Maximum No. of Attendees: 6

Minimum Age: 18 or 15 if accompanied by someone who is 21 or over

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Earlier Event: 11 April