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!