Well friends, Open Studios has been and gone and we spent a lovely sunny weekend introducing a great number of people to the wonders of letterpress and Cockpit Arts as a whole. For any of you who were there, you may have seen our new Wall Of Alphabetical Ephemera (its official name), in which we went through our collection of woodblock type and printed up a medley in a range of colours for all to peruse and purchase.
We also took the opportunity to release a number of new designs and products. Firstly there are our Letterpress Coasters; each design was hand-cut as a printing block to prevent damage to our vintage woodblock and lead type, but they were still printed, by hand as well, in our presses. The oil based ink we use as standard is waterproof and we tested an early sample by submerging it in the sink for a couple of days! The wood itself is 3mm plywood in a natural colour.
Next up are three new card designs, perfect for celebrations, congratulations, commiserations or just salutations. Each of the designs was composed with lead type and brass picture blocks from our collection along with some more hand-cut decorative elements for the background.
All these products are available on our Etsy store at the links below.
Lastly, we’ve just listed some more workshops for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be aiming to run a number of sessions through the summer so keep checking back regularly or follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to be kept informed of any new dates.