Learn to print letterpress! This intro’ to letterpress course will show you all the basics of setting and printing wood and lead type – great for creating posters, books or greetings stationery.
During the course you will have the option to work with a selection of wood and lead type in a range of typefaces and sizes. We have an 8 x 5” Adana press for printing small work, and a large Imperial platen press for printing larger wood type.
Your tutor: Nick Loaring
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. Nick has worked as a designer & printer for over 20 years and has taught in schools, colleges, universities and print workshops across the UK.
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.
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.
*Please note that if you wish to use the workshop for making your own work after the course, you can use WYPW’s selection of lead type, up to 30pt size. Nick brings in his own wood type for use during the course, which is not available to use after the workshop. We are always looking to add to our collection of type, and build on our letterpress facilities, but do not as yet have any larger wood type available for members to use.
- If you have to cancel:
- 16-12 weeks before the course: 50 % of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Less than 12 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Please note that full payment is required for non-attendance on a booking that has been transferred.
- If we have to cancel: