Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend. It all came together really well and was very enlightening. As a designer you tend to be blinkered by technology and time, but at the weekend those restrictions had been lifted. Back to basics, even discussing the grain on the paper! It felt like we’d accomplished so much in a relatively short space of time. Loved it. Big Thanks to yourself and to Barbara. I’m joining a print club in York on the back of the success of the weekend.

From Bob Main after the print & bind weekend workshop 27-28 April 2013


Print & Bind weekend workshop


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


street art map map holding photo 4 map front

Print & Bind new workshop April 27th & 28th 2013

We have been working with Simon Goode the founder of the London Centre of Bookarts (LCBA) to create a brand new workshop. Combining the best of what we do – printmaking with bookbinding. We are opening bookings for the weekend workshop, which we think will sell out quickly.


cycling along the thames path and creating solar plates.

cycling along the thames path and creating solar plates.

Print & Bind weekend (sustainable printmaking)

This weekend workshop combines 3 processes; printmaking & bookbinding at 2 locations. Using ‘green’ printmaking techniques (solar plate) combined with bookbinding methods. On day 1 we will cycle with artouride (brompton’s provided) leisurely along the Thames path (south east) and surrounds, exploring the landscapes, architecture and details on our journey. We will stop along the foreshore to collect debris for mark making. You will be introduced to the process of solar plate printmaking, which uses the sun’s ray for exposure. You will draw, etch and print a number of plates within the outdoor environment by the end of the day.

On day 2 we will decamp into the London Centre of Book Arts (Hackney) and you will be taught several (glue less) bookbinding techniques, which utilises your handmade prints from the previous day. You will have the opportunity to print a cover using letterpress (wood type) and bind your prints to form books.

Your guide and tutor will be Barbara Salvadori, a book artist and printmaker. Your cycle guide and assistant will be Jack Blake (designer and artouride founder).

By the end of the weekend you would have produced: a number of solar plate prints, which will be bound into different book formats.


inks letterpress mark making press x2 prints solar plates studio


no press needed

no press needed

Processes covered:

Solar plate printmaking

Letterpress (wood Type)

Bookbinding techniques


April 27th & 28 2013

Costs for weekend workshop (all materials provided, cycle hire, use of LCBA studio, no additional costs involved)

£130 concessions & LCBA members £150 full

Email now to reserve a place/Book online opening soon.


07968 717997


Inspiring Exhibition

Found this great exhibition by AI WEIWEI at Galleria Continua in San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy. Entitled ‘Stacked’.

The stage and the gallery’s tower space house Stacked and Very Yao, variations on a symbolically rich subject already explored by the artist in the past. Ai Weiwei uses the bicycle as an iconic object: the principal means of transport in China—“Forever” (Yong Jiu Pai) is the most common bicycle brand in the country—it represents the lives of millions of Chinese citizens; what’s more, with its chain and sprocket mechanism, it somehow depicts the matrix of the labour force: the people. These installations also spotlight the more conceptual aspects of Ai Weiwei’s work; on the one hand, the activation of a process of abstraction whereby the object becomes the symbol-structure of nothing, on the other, the realization of the work as a metaphor of the fabrication of power.

Taken from official press release on Gallery website