Hot Bed Press
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Graphic Letterpress

5 evenings Course

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Tutor: David Armes

About the course:

This course will explore the potential of using letterpress printing to create vibrant graphic prints with some twists and turns along the way.

Over five weekday evenings you will explore the collection of large metal display type and wood letter, working across two flatbed galley presses and two iron hand-presses. You will work with tutor David Armes to set type by hand, impose a forme, use a variety of inking styles and explore interference techniques such as pressure printing, white spirit application and ghost-printing. The result will be a small edition of prints that have consistent, replicable elements in combination with more expressive approaches.

There will also be the opportunity to use David’s collection of prints by well-known contemporary makers such as Jen Farrell (Starshaped), Dafi Kuehne (Baby Ink Twice), Vida Sacic and Nick Loaring (The Print Project) as inspiration. The course is ideally suited to those with some experience of letterpress basics but newcomers with a good visual sensibility and experience in handling ink and paper are welcome too.

About The Tutor
David publishes through the Red Plate Press imprint. He has travelled America visiting and working at letterpress workshops and had a number of residencies and exhibitions in the UK>

‘I am an artist working with letterpress printing, language and geography. My work is frequently site-specific and considers how sense of place can be represented, with specific source material including automatic writing, accidental conversations and oral history. I consider my practice to be socially engaged and frequently work in public situations using the spectacle of printing as both physical installation and production space. In all my work I use hand-set metal and wood type, overlapping the elemental rules of letterpress with more expressive approaches incorporating elements of art, craft and design.


Maximum of 8 people