Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
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Letterpress - Summer Institute 5 day course


dates: 23-27 july 2012, limited to 6 participants
times: Each day runs from 9.30am - 16.30pm
price: £450 full-price (£360 concessions) includes materials, lunch vouchers, teas and coffees.

Learn how to set type and print letterpress using metal and wood type.
Letterpress offers beautiful qualities for printing text for books, bookmarks, postcards, posters or pamphlets. A range of inks and papers will be supplied. We will print on Vandercook presses which allow editioning of multiples.

For the first three days of the summer school participants will be shown the correct way to set metal type, with each participant then setting a short passage of text. Moving on to the presses, participants will be shown how to set up the Vandercook proofing presses and will be able to print a small edition of their passages of text. Next will be instruction in how wooden type is set and printed, with participants able to experiment with printing the larger wooden type. Finally there will be instruction in how to print photographic and drawn images as well as computer generated text on the Vandercook presses using photopolymer plates. The last two days of the summer school will offer an opportunity for participants to develop any ideas they have been working on during the summer school, and provide extended time with full support, to consolidate these and produce a series of prints or even a small pamphlet.



The course fee covers inks and proofing papers, teas / coffees and lunch. You will need to bring any other materials you wish to print on for your particular project or projects.
5 day course, limited to 6 participants.


Feedback from last year's course:

“Tutor was excellent, extremely well informed and enthusiastic. The best aspect of the course was the small group so we were allowed a lot of time on the press and room to work”

“Excellent, helpful, patient, clear, supportive, friendly – great tutors and brilliant facilities. Really good course – I have worked hard every day, learned lots and have some satisfactory pieces of work at the end”

“Excellent support from a tutor who had a great knowledge of the subject. This allowed me to produce a large volume of high quality prints”

“I found the tutor to, not only be knowledgeable in the field of letterpress, but friendly and supportive. Being able to put into practice what we’d been taught was particularly good. Producing the photopolymer plates was one of the highlights.”