Back to Analogue, an Introduction to Letterpress - 1 Day

Back to Analogue, an Introduction to Letterpress - 1 Day


Enjoy a day of delighting in letterpress, setting metal type and printing on table-top Adana presses.

Date: 22nd June 2019

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 will provide you with the opportunity to experience letterpress. You will be taught the basics of composition so that you can 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, which are over 60 years old and in outstanding condition following their restoration. 

During the day 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. The day will end with the chance to use one of the larger presses to print and take home a large print, which will have been composed at the studio by one of our experienced tutors.

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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Gift Booking: You are welcome to book any of our workshops as a gift for somebody else. You will be asked to complete the details of the person you are booking for and we will make sure all communications go through you so that you can keep it secret right up to the workshop.

Group Bookings: If you would like to book this workshop as a group please get in touch. If we have space in our calendar we will work with you to find a date to hold a workshop especially for you at a group booking price.

Cancellation: Refunds can only be given if at least 14 days notice of a cancellation is received prior to the workshop date. If we have to cancel a workshop we will offer you the choice of a a place on one of our other workshops or a full refund.

Workshop is Fully Booked?: If the workshop you would like to attend is fully booked and you would like us to add you to a reserve list, feel free to get in touch as inevitably sometimes people are sick or can’t attend for other reasons and we prefer to give refunds (when someone has to cancel less than the 14 days notice of cancellation period) were we can replace them.

Waiver & Consent (Over 18s): You will be asked to complete and sign a consent and waiver form prior to the workshop taking place. If you would like to see a copy of this in advance please get in touch. For insurance reasons we cannot teach anyone in the studio unless they have signed and completed the waiver and consent form.

Waiver & Consent (Under 18s): If you are the parent or guardian of someone under the age of 18 you will be asked to sign a form of consent and a waiver form on behalf of the person who is attending. If you would like to see a copy of this in advance please get in touch. For insurance reasons we cannot teach anyone in the studio unless we have a signed waiver and consent form from a parent or guardian of the person attending.