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Letterpress Summer School

Letterpress Summer School

From GBP 275.00

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Aug 20 2024 10:30 - Aug 22 2024 16:30
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Standard £295.00

Concession £275.00


Get your hands inky with tutor Mick Clayton, a compositor and printer with over 40 years' experience working in the print trade both in and around the legendary Fleet Street.

During this course students will examine the processes and application needed to create their own work using letterpress. This includes hand composition of metal and wood type and the use of our Albion, Columbian, Stanhope, Adana and Vandercook presses.

The course tutor will work with individuals to tailor the course to their abilities and interests.

The course includes induction to the workshop, health and safety, explanation of hand setting and introduction to the presses.

Subsequent courses will look at wood letter printing, two colour printing and the use of illustration blocks with type.


Tutor: Mick Clayton

Organiser

Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at library@sbf.org.uk.

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Venue

St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EQ London

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