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Nomad Letterpress is run by Pat Randle and Anna Parker from the Whittington Press, Cheltenham, from where Pat co-publishes Double Dagger and prints Matrix (‘the finest periodical of the book arts of the 20th Century’). We run letterpress workshops throughout the year and specialise in high quality book work both for clients and under our own imprint. The Press has one of the largest collections of letterpress printing type in the country.

 

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.

 

We encourage students at every turn to take inspiration from their surroundings and explore the Monotype hot-metal setting department which contains the die case collection from the OUP.

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