Letterpress is unique and different from standard printing formats that we are currently used to.
Utilising traditional printing craft and skills and using antique and vintage presses, students will be able to print their own posters, signs and other ephemera, all displaying the uniquely tactile qualities unique to Letterpress printing.
Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type into the "bed" or "chase" of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.
Letterpress has recently had a rebirth in popularity because of the “allure of hand-set type” and the differences today between traditional Letterpress and computerized printed text.
Letterpress commonly features a relief impression of the type (although this was considered bad printing in traditional letterpress) to denote that piece of work has been produced using Letterpress.
Gray's School of Art's Letterpress collection consist of Woodletter or Poster Type – used to print posters and larger advertisements. We have a range of typefaces, some hand cut.
Methods of delivery include: demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.
You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.
You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability.