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Letterpress Short Course

Course description

In recent times letterpress has enjoyed a big revival along with a host of other traditional skills. Industry trained tutor Helen Ingham has been at the forefront of this revival and has featured in numerous design publications while continuing to produce a variety of innovative work. During this course, a small group of students are taken through three areas of letterpress work in the unique Central Saint Martins Letterpress Workshop.

Previous students who have attended this course have gained enough confidence to develop their own letterpress workshops and are now successful printers in their own right.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way that's crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Details

Topics covered:

  • Following an introduction and examples of other practitioners' work, there will be an explanation of the hand setting of moveable metal type, and a joint project will be set.
  • Following projects involve the use of larger wooden type with a versatile and experimental range of print processes. You are welcome to bring letterpress printing blocks of your own for use if suitable; these can be wood, metal, lino, laser cut wood or photopolymer.
  • Under supervision, blocks and type will be set for printing on a variety of presses.
  • The course includes instruction on Adana 8x5 table top printing press, Vandercook proof press, and Beevers hydraulic platen press, with one-to-one instruction where needed.
  • You will be provided with notes and additional suggested reading and will take home a selection of distinctive printed items.

Previous students who have attended this course have gained enough confidence to develop their own letterpress workshops and are now successful printers in their own right.

Materials

 

Please wear flat strong shoes - no open toes, sandals or flipflops. Be prepared to get inky!
Meet the Tutor:

In recent times letterpress has enjoyed a big revival along with a host of other traditional skills. During this course students are taken through three areas of letterpress work in the unique Central Saint Martin Letterpress Workshop.

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