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

Contemporary Letterpress - Finding Your Form(e)

led by:Angie Butler
dates: 30 June – 4 July 2014
times: 10.00-5.00pm each day
This course has finished and will run again in the summer of 2015

This intensive course offers an introduction to type-setting and the opportunity to learn some letterpress techniques such as: Thermography, block backgrounds, ghosting and blind debossing to create beautiful letterpress printed ephemera.

By taking a step-by-step approach this course will enable you to produce practical work whilst learning the basics of Vandercook press operation, studio tools and procedures, type-setting, edition printing and presswork using both metal and wooden type from our wide selection of fonts and ornaments.
The Relief/Letterpress studio at UWE holds an impressive collection of both wood (60+ cases) and metal (100+cases) type. 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.

Essential for any aspiring printer or printmaker who wishes to gain additional experience with particular presses, wood and metal typesetting, or seeking a contemporary approach to letterpress.

Course Tutor
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: