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Letterpress printing (1 day) in the Peak District


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Original type, beautiful papers and a vintage press! Create a design using hand-set type and produce your own limited edition prints. A fascinating introduction to the art of typography and the workings of a table top press.

Chris will touch on the 500 year history of the craft as he talks students through basic letterpress principles and demonstrates the Adana press in action.

You will learn to hand-set type on a composing stick, transfer to a chase and lock it up for printing. After lunch you will ink up and operate the press to print your own artworks.

Students are encouraged to come prepared with an idea (approx. 50-100 words, 8 x 5 inch print area). Potential ideas include personalised greetings cards, mini posters and art prints. The Smallprint Co’s mobile library of specialist books offers plenty of inspiration.

Open to both beginners and those with experience.

Tutors: Chris Barker/Hannah Barker

Chris and Hannah Barker met at art college back in the 90s, discovering in each other a mutual love of print and a burning ambition to run a print studio.

Their combined experience in the print and publishing industry led to the founding of The Smallprint Company in Derby in 2014. They offer an inventive, tailor made approach to seductive letterpress print.

Start: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am
End: Tuition finishes around 4.30pm

There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.

• Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting
• Relaxed, creative atmosphere
• 4 - 8 students per workshop
• Open to both beginners and those with experience
• Good fresh food, homemade cakes
• Accommodation on site and nearby if required
• Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people)

Please get in touch for bookings or further information.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Fee includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments

There is an additional materials fee of approx £10 depending upon your chosen projects. This includes high quality papers, set up sheets and printing inks plus use of the press.

A tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Let us know of any special dietary needs. Drinks and biscuits are available all day to help yourself with home-made cake mid afternoon.

Accommodation available at extra charge:
'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3 (+2 on sofa bed)
'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2 (+1 on sofa bed)


Alison Massey at Zantium Studios Ltd
Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House
Near Hopton
Wirksworth, Matlock
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  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
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