Print & Bind weekend workshop

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A successful weekend of printmaking, letterpress & bookbinding was had by our group over the past weekend. The weather forecasts were not great in the week with predicted rain during the most important part of the day. However we were very lucky with hail after everyone had gone home. Our day comprised of cycling along the thames path eastwards. We worked on the foreshore past Greenwich using found materials and creating solar plates. An overcast and cold day did not disrupt spirits and the group got into the process of coating, mark making and exposing the plates. A lunch break allowed for the plates to dry before we left for location 2, the jetty. There we printed some of the plates but battled against the strong gusts. The dark sky loomed as we hung our prints to dry. A cycle back along the thames path ended day 1.

 

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Day 2 was packed full of creative processes and experimentation. Our home was in the London Book Arts Centre, Hackney Wick. We began the session with a brief intro and demo of letterpress, using wood type. Setting type to reflect upon yesterday we started with High Low Tide and the group then created their own snippets. Working in pairs they set and printed several sheets before moving onto the process of embossing. Using a small portable relief press we embossed the solar plates from yesterday. Some great impressions were made. After a brief lunch break we resumed to work on many glue less book structures (pocket book, pamphlet, blizzard book) utilisng the prints created. We concluded the workshop with how to ‘present a final print’. Signed and editioned…

2 days full of great processes

Screenprinted Maps

After a long day in the print studio we managed to hand print our illustrated maps for our tours. Two designs; street art (2 colour 1 side) & architecture + design (double sided 2 colours). After a couple of minor technical issues  we produced our first hand drawn maps, which we are  very pleased with. We hope to build on the maps in the future and produce a number of bespoke maps to support the tours and perhaps modify them for self guided tours which can go on sale. Each map is produced in an edition of 50. So those people who book a tour will get a free map.

 

arch map

 

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