Letterpress printing workshops in Ludlow, Shropshire
Here at the Mostly Flat printshop in Ludlow, I run letterpress workshops teaching the fundamentals of traditional letterpress printing to individuals or small groups (3 people max; larger groups can be arranged elsewhere). Scroll down for latest dates and availability.
Each course is tailored to suit your needs, whether you're a complete beginner, have printed before, or just got your first press. 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 longer courses if your project is a bit more ambitious). If you're not sure what to print, don’t worry, I can help inspire you!
Book one of my scheduled slots or feel free to arrange a day/time to suit you; please email or call to check availability. Thanks!
Information, bookings and cancellations:
Letterpress workshops run from 10.30am to 5.30pm and cost £100 per person including materials. Workshops run with a minimum of two people and a max of 3 (for larger groups please see below). Bring a packed lunch. There'll be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits or cake. Click the links above to book.
If you’d like a one-to-one letterpress workshop (where more ambitious projects are possible) please get in touch for a chat. You can book any available date listed above or choose a day and time to suit you. A full day of my undivided attention costs £160 including materials.
Looking for a fun inky activity for a group? I run letterpress workshops for groups of six or more, with a combination of individual and collaborative projects using wood and metal type and ornaments. For groups like these, I can either use the main space at Loudwater (weekends only) or travel to a venue of your choice. I also take my presses and type out to schools, festivals and events. I'm always happy to chat through ideas. Please make an enquiry.
I'm developing 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'd like to be notified when they're ready to run. I'm also considering regular evening classes if there's enough interest.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Gift vouchers are available.
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Please note: Letterpress workshops are not suitable for people who cannot stand for long periods of time. I can work with children from the age of 8 upwards (and younger children by arrangement), but anyone under the age of 18 will need an accompanying adult, as I can't take sole responsibility. If you’ve got any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Cancellations: If you need to cancel your booking and you give ten or more working days notice, you'll be given a credit note (valid for a year) which can be used as payment for another workshop. Cancellations with less than 10 days notice incur a £20 administration fee. There's no charge if you substitute someone else to take your place, or if your place can be filled by someone on a waiting list. Mostly Flat reserves the right to cancel workshops, in which case a full refund will be given.
"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.