If you like grainy, textured, noisy printing which embraces smudges, splatters of ink, the grain of woodtype, and the happy accident, then this course is for you! On our Intro to: Experimental Letterpress with Monoprint workshop you will be encouraged to let your creativity run wild, and over the course of the two days create a series of prints that combine letterpress type with monoprinting.
Letterpress is usually used to create multiple items, whereas a monoprint is a one off and can be a texture or mark made with ink, an ink knife, a block of type or a found object, (among others). These monoprints can then be combined with letterpress type to create a series of prints that are abstract and dynamic. This course is all about embracing the happy accident and the noise and graininess of monoprinting, and marrying it up with expressive wooden or metal letterpress type to create work with tension, drama and surprise.
The words that you use should be something that stirs the imagination or provokes a response, it can be funny, sad, poignant or personal, this will form the basis of the text portion of your print.
Nick Loaring is a letterpress printer based in the small northern town of Shipley in West Yorkshire. Here he operates a vast array of ancient printing equipment and movable type to create striking printing as The Print Project. He is co-publisher of Double Dagger an acclaimed magazine about letterpress printing. His work has been published in Computer Arts, Pressing Matters, Creative Review, Eye Magazine, Random Spectacular, Matrix and The Skinny. He’s worked with Golden Cabinet, Hiut Denim, Magic Rock, Glastonbury Festival, The Leaf Label and many more.
No previous experience is needed for this course and beginners are welcome. All you need is an open mind and willingness to experiment and get inky!
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.
Covid-19 safety :
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, our workshops and the way we run courses looks a little different. We continue to have everyone’s safety as our main priority. It might not be quite the same as it was before but your ability to get stuck in and enjoy a spot of printmaking remains the same. Added measures to keep you safe include:
- All courses working with reduced numbers or alternate spaces to aid greater social ventilation and social distancing.
- Requesting that everyone in communal areas of the workshop, if able, continues to wear either a face covering, mask or a visor.
- Hand sanitiser provided on entry and additional cleaning measures in place.
- Removal of any shared equipment or materials wherever possible.
Full guidance on our Covid-19 policies and risk assessment can be found on our website here.
After attending this course you can join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here.
Cancellations and refunds
If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).
We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.
We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.
If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.
Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.
Cancellation by WYPW
West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.