Letterpress workshops in Ludlow, Shropshire
Here at the Mostly Flat printshop in Ludlow, I run one-day letterpress workshops teaching the fundamentals of traditional letterpress printing to small groups (3 people max). Scroll down for latest dates and availability.
Each course is aimed at beginners or improvers, and is tailored to suit. After a basic grounding in typography and general principles, I'll show you how to hand-set metal and wood type in a composing stick and lock it up into a chase (a metal frame) ready for printing. You'll learn lots of anecdotal stuff along the way, like how to mind your p's and q's!
Choosing from a comprehensive selection of wood and metal type, decorative ornaments and picture blocks, you'll create your own letterpress prints, greetings cards, postcards, coasters, business cards, bookmarks or any small printed thing that takes your fancy. You'll go home with a little pile of letterpress printed goodies (if you want to print heaps & heaps there may be a small extra charge for materials).
You’ll learn how to ink up, operate, clean up and maintain the popular Adana 8x5 tabletop platen press and also have a chance to use a floor-standing treadle platen press or a flatbed proofing press depending on your project.
To get the most out of your day, come prepared with an idea of what you'd like to print. A few lines of text is fine, but no more than a short paragraph. Don’t hesitate to get in touch for a chat; I can let you know whether or not your idea is achievable in a day (and I’m happy to do weekends if your project is a bit more ambitious). If you're not sure what to print, don’t worry, I can help inspire you!
Here are my upcoming workshop dates. Book on to one of my scheduled slots or feel free to arrange a day/date to suit you (weekdays are fine, especially Fridays). Please email or call to check availability. Thanks!
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Letterpress workshops run from 10.30am to 5.30pm and cost £100 per person including materials. Please bring something for your lunch (there’s a fridge). There'll be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits all day.
Workshops run with a minimum of two people. If you’d like a solo letterpress workshop (where more ambitious projects are possible) please get in touch for a chat. A full day of my undivided attention costs £160 including materials.
I'm planning a series of shorter themed workshops (like working with ornaments to create patterns, or printing your own personalised stationery). Please let me know if you like the sound of these and would like to be notified when they're ready to run. I'm also considering regular evening classes if there's enough interest.
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Gift vouchers are available.
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Please note: these letterpress workshops are not suitable for children under 12 or for people who cannot stand for long periods of time. Attendees under the age of 18 will need someone with them, as I can't take responsibility. If you’ve got any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
"Dulcie's letterpress course opened the door to a treasure trove of beautiful objects. I felt the hand of printers from a bygone age and a connection to an ancient art. Dulcie will guide you through the process and inspire you with her own beautiful work. The course gave me the impetus to develop my own skills with letterpress and to do my small part to keep this art alive."
"I had SUCH a fun day with you. Thank you SO much for all your guidance, advice and patience..."
"I thought the whole day was very well planned - you packed in a great deal of information about the printing processes, typefaces, presses etc. in addition to the practical work. For adult learners I think you got it just right - letting us work at our own pace and waiting until we asked for help rather than hovering over us all the time."
"I really enjoyed the letterpress workshop. It was a lot of fun to spend the day creatively and leave with such a beautifully finished product. I never appreciated how much went into producing letterpress print, but Dulcie made it interesting and productive. Thanks for such a great day!"
Mostly Flat is based on the Burway Trading Estate in Ludlow, Shropshire (the postcode is SY8 1EN). There is limited parking. The workshop is a ten-minute walk from Ludlow train station and about a twenty-minute walk from the town centre.
If you’re making a special trip to Ludlow I can recommend places to stay and things to go and see if you’d like. Just ask me. We have lots of lovely B&Bs and there’s good camping too.