Expressive Letterpress with David Armes (11/04 – 13/04/2017)

11/04 – 13/04/2017

10am – 4pm

Non-members £165.00/Members £120.00

Booking essential (via email or telephone)

You will spend three days learning how the letterpress process can be used to create vibrant, graphic prints that look towards both typography and other printmaking media. Using the studio’s wood type collection, you will learn how to set wood type, lock up a forme and operate the press. You will be using the studio’s Thompson proofing press which David Armes will demonstrate using some examples of the type of work you will be focussing on.

Previous letterpress experience would be useful but is not essential.

David will explain and demonstrate the techniques you’ll be employing, including registration on presses without grippers/gauges, pressure printing, using white spirit/other materials to break up/interfere with ink areas and how you can experiment with relief surfaces. You will leave with a small edition of hand-inked prints and hopefully plenty of ideas about your next steps.

Considering type as image, you will think creatively about design and carefully plan out each print in three layers:

  • Background
  • Main/large text in colour(s)
  • Graphic information printed in black

In advance, you need to think about the words you want to use. Pick three that are important to you – these will be the main/larger text in layer 2. It could be a slogan, an advert for an event or even just your name.

Please think beyond the usual ‘Keep Calm & Carry On’ posters! You should also consider how you want to incorporate letterpress into your existing work, whether you’re already a printmaker, are involved in graphic design or just want to explore a new technique.

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