Mary from Maid in Britain has been in touch — the Rufford Printing Co in Mawdesley, Lancashire helped me produce a booklet – a first for them I think – typeset on the last Intertype machine of its kind ever made and which was in use at the Guardian until 1987 – then hand printed on a Vandercook.
This is all written up, and beautifully photographed on the Maid in Britain blog.
Not sure how I missed this, but a 2010 article with Phil Abel of Hand & Eye Letterpress in the Guardian.
An enjoyable Telegraph article about Kelvyn Smith, proprietor of Mr Smith’s Letterpress workshop. A thoroughly nice man who was good enough to talk me through his approach to printing a couple of years ago.
Nick Hand and Ellen Bills run the Letterpress Collective in Bristol. They run courses, undertake printing and organise a print festival each year. Nick suspects (and I agree) that he is the only printer to have a fully fledged bicycle with a printing press on that has ridden from Bristol to Mainz printing along the way.
Centrespace, 6 Leonard Lane, Bristol BS1 1EA
A great write-up by Justin Fenner of a new venture by Ed Denovan — Letterpress Junction — providing jobbing letterpress printing to designers.
Best wishes, Ed!
I saw this some time ago — Wallpaper* magazine had commissioned hand-made covers, including this one by Anthony Burrill who asked Adams of Rye in Sussex to print it.
This later video, also by Burrill, has a more general view of Adams.
I’m still catching up on old links and found this from July: the ever-amazing Typoretum with Just Knopp at the helm.
People of Print
I visited Gary Arber in February 2014 after I read of his works closing on Spitalfields Life. The Gentle Author recently showcased this video, Stationary, by Sebastian Whyte.
Just Knopp’s Typoretum, Essex
As well as being an excellent letterpress printer, Justin Knopp runs a number of short letterpress courses in Essex. I endorse Justin as a great letterpress supporter and am certain that printers at all levels of understanding would enjoy his workshops.
My first practical introduction to letterpress printing came whilst studying BA (hons) Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (1991?1994). After spending two days in the College’s Composing Room — a 1950s time capsule deep down in the bowels of the building — I quickly became fascinated by the creative potential of the process and by the ancient skills and ingenious machines employed to make it all happen.
Since graduating, my involvement with letterpress printing has deepened and I have acquired a substantial collection of lead and wooden types, printing machines and other paraphernalia — much of which I have rescued and restored to working order.
After having spent many years designing and printing letterpress cards for friends, family, fellow printmakers and the occasional commission, I decided to introduce my designs to a wider audience. After fourteen years of active letterpress printing and two years of dedicated planning, TYPORETUM was launched in August 2008 and all of our letterpress products are available for viewing and purchase via our website at www.typoretum.co.uk. TYPORETUM operates with the support of my wife, Cecilia, and occasional artistic input from our two year-old daughter!