St Bride Library

St Bride Library, © Copyright David Smith
St Bride Lib­rary, © Copy­right Dav­id Smith

The St. Bride Found­a­tion is home to the renown St. Bride’s Lib­rary, a won­der­ful col­lec­tion of let­ter­press (and gen­er­al print­ing) resources.

Ben Wein­er from St Bride Lib­rary out­lines the classes avail­able:

In Autumn 2010 St Bride Found­a­tion began to run reg­u­lar classes in relief print­ing tech­niques at the Found­a­tion build­ing in Bride Lane for the first time since the 1920s.

We launched the new work­shop with a range of short courses that teach basic skills and give famili­ar­ity with some of the ter­min­o­logy, equip­ment and activ­it­ies essen­tial to let­ter­press work. These courses run in the day­time and dur­ing even­ings and week­ends. Par­ti­cipants get to use some of the presses which form part of St Bride Library’s col­lec­tion as well as oth­er equip­ment includ­ing an Adana and a Vander­cook press.

We plan to cov­er the kindred trades, espe­cially linocut­ting and book bind­ing. We also plan a range of more advanced courses that will give par­ti­cipants more scope to cre­ate and ful­fil their own briefs work­ing with the guid­ance of an exper­i­enced prac­ti­tion­er.

We wel­come enquir­ies about our courses and hope to become a sig­ni­fic­ant con­trib­ut­or to the let­ter­press print­ing com­munity. Full details of the work­shop are at http://printworkshop.stbride.org/