During this course students will examine the processes and applications needed to create their own letterpress work using Albion, Vandercook, Farley and Adana presses.
Each session will focus on a particular area of letterpress. The course will begin with an induction to the workshop, health and safety, overview of letterpress printing with examples of practitioner’s work, explanation of hand setting and introduction to the presses.
Subsequent sessions will cover wood letter printing, tabletop platen press, two-colour printing and the use of metal type and polymer blocks. Also more experimental processes such as monoprinting and overprinting wherein participants will create their own pieces under supervision in the final session.
The course provides an excellent overview of the letterpress process, materials and workshop management. It is ideal for those with a desire to explore hands-on processes, learn about letterpress or simply have fun with type and ink in an historic setting!
Facilitator: Helen Ingham
Helen’s work as an artist-printer has been featured in a variety of locations from exhibitions, fairs, festivals, books and magazines. Most recently her work was on show at the V&A’s late night ‘Two’s a Pair’. She has provided editorial illustration for Rubbish Magazine, Photoworks Magazine and Le Gun and her work is included in Reinventing Letterpress and Little Book of Letterpress published by Rotoprint. Helen teaches letterpress and relief printing at Central St Martins and London Metropolitan University. She completed an MA in Communication Design at Central St Martins and a BA (hons) Graphic Design at University of Luton.
St Bride Foundation
Est. in 1891, St Bride Foundation was originally the social and educational hub of printing and publishing on Fleet Street. Nowadays, this historic building is a multifunctional space with regular talks, exhibitions and courses. It is also home to St Bride Library and The Bridewell Theatre.