Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research
  CPD wideformat course

Contemporary Letterpress – Printing Without Picas: A Pressure Printing Masterclass


led by:Angie Butler
dates: 7-8 July 2014
times: 9.30am - 4.30pm
price:£195 full price / £156 concessionary rate
This course has finished and will run again in the summer of 2015

Images from the course

Feedback from this years delegates:

"Excellent facilities, lovely friendly atmosphere"

"Friendly helpful tutor, best aspect was the exploration of texture and layering with pressure printing"

This workshop focuses on the creative process and explores the less conventional side of letterpress printing. Stratography or Pressure Printing is an innovative and experimental technique that uses a flexible plate attached to the cylinder of the press underneath the printing paper and is run through the press over an inked block. The pressure from the low-relief collage displaces the ink and produces beautiful, delicate, soft-edged qualities, not usually associated with relief printing techniques.
Plates are inexpensive and really easy to make. They can be used in combination with other printing techniques, or as a background to a line block etc. Textures can be created from paper, tape, thread, stickers, labels and other basic pressure sensitive materials.  One of the great points about the pressure printing method is, alternate to the letterpress process, you do not have to deal with left/right reversal issues, so it is also a simple method for printing text.

This course provides step-by-step demonstration of the Pressure Printing method and creative possibilities with use of materials in the process. You will have the opportunity to create your own plates and make prints on day one that you can then work into, develop and continue to print on day two. The class will include discussions regarding inks, papers and other materials as well as basic Vandercook press operation and printing principles.
Course Tutor
Angie Butler is a multi-disciplinary artist and a PhD student at (the Centre for Fine Print Research) UWE, working with Sarah Bodman and Tom Sowden. Her project investigates 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:

Maximum 8 participants