Introduction to Letterpress Printing

18 March, 2020 1:06 am - 1:07 am LCBA

Suitable for complete beginners.

Join us for practical, hands-on workshops led by experts at the London Centre for Book Arts.

Learn how to prepare work, and print on a press from start to finish. An ideal workshop for people to learn the skills to create their own business cards, greeting cards, invitations, artist books, and posters.

Letterpress printing is a method of printing from movable wood or metal type, polymer plates, and other relief surfaces to produce a beautiful, crisp impression. A technique for printing with a history dating back to the 15th century, letterpress printing was widely used for printing books and newspapers until the second half of the 20th century.

Workshop participants will have an introduction to the composing room, and will be introduced to the Adana, Vandercook, FAG and Stephenson Blake presses.

Participants will learn how to:
Hand typesetting in both lead and wooden type
Lock up work into a forme
Selecting paper stock
Choosing and mixing inks
Prepare work, order, and print from polymer plates
The correct and safe use of the press.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will leave with their own hand-printed edition and will be able work independently on the presses by becoming a studio member or purchasing a Studio Pass. Find out more.

All tools and materials provided.

Introduction to Letterpress Printing 1
Sunday 22 March 2020, 11am – 5pm
Instructors: Alex Cooper

£95 (10% discount for Friends of LCBA & current students. There will be an option to become a Friend of LCBA at checkout. 20% discount for LCBA Studio Members & Studio Pass holders)

Workshop participants receive 15% discount on purchases made in-person from the LCBA Shop on the day of the workshop.

Cancellation policy: If you are unable to make a class, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can re-list it. In the event of a refund, cancellations will be refunded minus the Eventbrite listing fee. We’re sorry, but workshop bookings cannot be cancelled or postponed after 7 days before the class.

Membership & Studio Passes: Access the unique facilities at LCBA for independent projects by becoming a member or purchasing a Studio Pass. Find out more.

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