Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  Letterpress book on the course!

Contemporary Letterpress 1 – Getting Type High!


led by: Angie Butler
dates: 14.10.2013 - 02.12.2013 - MONDAYS, for 8 weeks
times: 5.30-8 pm
price: £220 full price / £176 concessionary rate
EXTRA discount for those who pre book onto both Letterpress 1 and 2  :
£198 full price / £157 concessions (or £396 full price / £314 concessionary rate for both courses)
includes: teas and coffees

This evening course offers you the opportunity to create beautifully letterpress printed bookmarks, cards, an edition of broadsides and a collaborative one-sheet artists’ book.

We will be taking a step-by-step approach to our projects each week: enabling us to produce practical work, whilst covering the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, edition printing and presswork using both metal and wooden type, from our wide selection of fonts and ornaments. Essential for any aspiring printer or printmaker.

The Relief/Letterpress studio at UWE holds an impressive collection of both wood type (60+ cases) and metal type(100+cases). We have two Vandercook proof presses; an SP15 and an SP-20 for letterpress printing as well as two Albion presses and one Columbian press which are used for printing lino and wood cuts.

We will be using both the letterpress archive and artists’ book collection in specific handling sessions, to show examples and possibilities of printing techniques and book structures, to aid inspiration and develop your understanding, with a hands-on approach to learning.

Perfect for beginners or those who wish to gain additional experience with particular presses, wood and metal typesetting, or for those seeking a contemporary approach to letterpress. This course is a pre-requisite for Contemporary Letterpress 2 - Making an impression (10 Feb-31 Mar) MONDAYS

Angie Butler is a multidisciplinary artist, producing artists’ books and printed matter with letterpress and hand typed text. She holds Masters Degrees in both multidisciplinary printmaking (specialising in artists’ books) and visual culture: fine art.

Angie is a PhD student at (the Centre for Fine Print Research) UWE, working with Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden. Her project is investigating how we learn to design and create artists’ books through letterpress: to gain an understanding of how contemporary book artists teaching letterpress has influenced what is produced in the field, and how this relates back into studio and private press practice.

Awarded two prizes for her recent artists’ books: the Sheffield Book Arts Prize (Student Prize) 2009, and the Agassi Book Arts Prize, UWE, 2011; Angie’s work is now held in both UK, and International Private and Public Collections.

Over the past few years, Angie has been involved with various artists’ books exhibitions, symposia and conferences organised by Sarah and Tom: plus collaborative projects and events as part of CocoLLab, with Caseroom Press, The School of the Arts Institute, Chicago and The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, USA.

Find out more about Angie and her work at:

Any questions on the course content e-mail: angie.butler@uwe.ac.uk
Bookings e-mail Jesse Heckstall-Smith: jesse.heckstall-smith@uwe.ac.uk