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Introduction to Letterpress
Sat 13 May 2017, 10:00 – 18:00 BST
Our letterpress workshops are like no other.
Here you will get ‘hands on’ experience of setting wood type, hand inking & pulling the prints yourself. Our one day workshops are split into 2 parts. The first part is a group writing & designing project that allows the group to design & print together on the large FARLEY - print size is 450mm x 640mm.
The group begins by seeing examples of previous work & having a look through some of the type drawers.. approx 300 wood & metal founts ranging from 1860s type to newly cast. Then the group plays a round of the 1920s French Surrealist word game ‘the exquisite corpse’. The finished result is set in wood, inked by hand & then pulled by each member of the group. Stephen will show you how to print in 3 different ways which is entirely unique to hand inking:
1. Breathy inking (under inking)
2. Prefect printing (solid black)
3. Juicy printing (over inking)
After lunch each member is free to design their own print on the second proofing press - print size is 320mm x 450mm. Stephen will be happy to help at any stage.
Materials, lunch and a cold beer (when we’re finished) is all included.
Everyone goes home with 2 original prints that they’ve made.
We have spare aprons, but it’s a good idea to wear old clothes too.
Workshop times are 10am - 6pm but might occasionally overrun.
Maximum course size is 6.
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