So we have returned from our escapades last weekend, having talked to ten train loads of passengers, given out hundreds of free postcard prints and developed a new found respect for the staff who had to push those trolleys all day everyday!
It started bright and early on the train from Victoria. With our modified trolley all cleaned up, branded and packed full of equipment, we set off to Brighton. Unsure of how the public would respond to being offered a free letterpress, limited edition print rather than a sandwich and a cup of tea, we were pleasantly surprised as many people were thoroughly interested on their way to the beach. Information on the Village of Type, Ditchling Museum and the Brighton Festival was dished out aplenty along with dozens of prints too. Arriving at Brighton there was just enough time for a coffee re-fuel before we were off again back to London.
All in all we did ten trips on mostly busy to packed trains full of people heading to the beach or the Brighton Festival itself, about 600 prints were pulled and dished out and we had chats with tons of people, introducing many to Ditchling Museum and village.
It’s that time of year again, plus Cockpit Arts is celebrating it’s 30th birthday too! As per usual, we’ll be opening our doors along with 170 other craftspeople and makers across the two sites. We’ll be running live demonstrations of our 120 year old treadle printing press as well, along with the chance to pick up a free one off print. We’re at the Holborn site and the dates and open times are listed below:
Holborn 2nd – 5th June
Opening Times: Thurs 6 – 9pm, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Deptford 10th – 12th June
Opening times: Fri 11am – 9pm, Sat & Sun 11am – 6pm
18-22 Creekside London, SE8 3DZ
Having just completed one madcap event involving printing with a steamroller, we’re straight onto the next one this weekend; Letterpress on Board!
Once again in conjunction with Ditchling Museum and as part of their Village of Type celebration of 100 years of the Johnston typeface, we are setting ourselves up to do some live letterpress printing on a train. To coincide with the start of the Brighton Festival this weekend, we’ll be taking an Adana 8×5, fitted to a specially modified trolley, on several trips between London Victoria and Brighton. We’ll offering the public a chance to have a go at printing and take away a specially designed postcard for free.
We created the design itself with a mixture of regular Gill Sans, and some of the more diverse variations such as Gill Sans Cameo and Gill Sans Light Shadowed, from our collection of lead type.
So if you’re heading down to Brighton for the festival this weekend, or up to London for that matter, and fancy printing one of these postcards, then look out for us on the following trains:
Saturday 7 May
10.20 : London Victoria to Brighton via Hassocks
11:58 : Brighton to London Victoria
13.20 : London Victoria to Brighton via Hassocks
14.28 : Brighton to London Victoria via Hassocks
15.50 : London Victoria to Brighton
Sunday 8 May
10.14 : Brighton to London Victoria
12:06 : London Victoria to Brighton
13.35 : Brighton to London Victoria
15:06 : London Victoria to Brighton
16:35 : Brighton to London Victoria
We’re halfway through our run of events and fairs this winter season but the biggest two are just around the corner. In less than a week we’ve got the annual Cockpit Arts Christmas Open Studios; starting this coming Thursday evening with a late night preview. As per usual, we’ll be opening our doors to the general public along with 170 other designer makers over the two sites, so that anyone can come along and talk to us, see our workspaces and peruse our wares. We’ll have our treadle press running on and off during the weekend plus we’re aiming to have some new products available just in time for Christmas.
Then in a craft-tastic double-whammy, the weekend after we’re taking part in Etsy Made Local, as part of their flagship shopping event in the Vinyl Factory, Soho from the 4th to the 6th of December. We’ll also be bringing one of our Adanas and offering to let people have a go at making their own customised notebooks, ideal for a personalised present!
Cockpit Arts Open Studios Holborn · 26 – 29 Nov
Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm
Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP
Tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane & Russell Square
Maps, directions & access info ›
Etsy Made Local: London
Friday 4th of December Preview night: 4pm – 8pm
Saturday 5th of December: 10am – 8pm
Sunday 6th of December: 11am – 6pm
The Vinyl Factory, Soho
51 Poland St
London W1F 7LZ
Map, directions & access info ›
Following on from my last post, we have Crafty Fox’s London Design Festival event coming up just a couple of weeks away. We’ll be there on the 27th of September from 11am to 5pm, but it’s running all weekend at Kachette in Shoreditch (347 Old St, EC1V 9LP). For more information and to see who else is trading, check out their main page here.
We’ve been introducing all manner of people to the world of letterpress this August and September with our workshop sessions, plus we’ve just had a little feature in the latest issue of Elle Decoration. As such, we’ve just listed a bunch more sessions in September and into October as well, so it’s not too late to sign up and have a go!
September / October Workshops:
24/09/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
25/09/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
03/10/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
03/10/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
15/10/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
16/10/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
17/10/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
17/10/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
What better way to make the most of the British summer sun than indoors with an Adana, some type and some ink? We thought so too and so we’ve got a flurry of new workshop dates listed for August and September.
As per usual; they’re in the evenings during the week and then a morning and afternoon session on Saturdays. So if you’ve ever fancied having a go at composing type, learning how to use an Adana 8×5 or just want to know more about printing in general then have a look here:
27/08/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
28/08/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
02/09/15 – Wednesday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
03/09/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
04/09/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
05/09/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
05/09/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
10/09/15 – Thursday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
11/09/15 – Friday – Evening (6pm-9pm)
12/09/15 – Saturday – Morning (11am-2pm)
12/09/15 – Saturday – Afternoon (3pm-6pm)
In other news, we’re pleased to announce that we will be taking part in the next couple of Crafty Fox events; as part of the London Design Festival on the 27th of September and also at the Bussey Building in Peckham on the 10th of October. It was great to work with them as part of Manmade 2015 so we’ll be exhibiting with them again!
So Manmade has been and gone and we had a great time down at the Truman Brewery, meeting plenty of new customers and other craftsmen (and crafts-ladies too). We had a pretty good spot and decorated our bit of wall with our alphabetical ephemera. Our have-a-go notebook customisation workshop did well as always with a wide variety of people lining up to try their hand at printing with the Adana.
The other interactive events were very popular as well; with some amazing scissor skills from the general public at Mr Wingate’s screen printing workshop, and a veritable crowd of eager acrylic-fanciers for the jewellery workshop with our chums Ruth and Brendan from I Am Acrylic.
(Ruth sporting a lovely cactus on her head…)
It’s always nice when a new event does well, and a big thank you to Crafty Fox, Mr Wingate and Etsy Uk for organising it.
In other news, as you may have noticed, we’ve given the website a bit of a (late) spring clean and an update, with plenty of shiny new images and integrated the blog in here as well. We’ll be adding a bunch of other improvements over the next couple of months but it’s nice to have a bit of a fresh look!
Happy New Year all! If one of your resolutions was to try something new, learn a skill or just get your hands dirty, we’ve got a bunch of workshops listed over the next couple of weeks. There are evening sessions plus daytime and afternoon sessions on the Saturdays as well, but places are very limited. For more information about the workshops check our main site or follow the links below to our Eventbrite booking page.
8th of January – Evening 6pm to 9pm
9th of January – Evening 6pm to 9pm
10th of January – Daytime 11am to 2pm
10th of January – Afternoon 3pm to 6pm
15th of January – Evening 6pm to 9pm
16th of January – Evening 6pm to 9pm
17th of January – Daytime 11am to 2pm
17th of January – Afternoon 3pm to 6pm
The workshops will all be taking place at our Clerkenwell studio in Cockpit Arts:
We had a sterling time down at the Ditchling museum last Saturday, helping them celebrate their first birthday. It was a delightfully sunny day and we had a fine turn out of print and Eric Gill enthusiasts. Below are some shots from the event;
Plenty of visitors perusing the wares on our table and the displays from Unlimited and Delicious Industries.
Tom mid-way through a demonstration of how to print bookplates to a captive audience.
We printed a vast number of personalised bookplates during the event, although I think we may have forgotten to reset the counter before we arrived.
Finally, packed up and heading home, this was possibly the most idyllic (and slightly terrifying) driveway to a staff car park we have ever encountered!
We’d like to offer a big thank you to the Ditchling Museum for inviting us to take part in their celebrations, and we wish them all the best for the next year too.
We are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in celebrating the 1st birthday of the Ditchling Museum, since their major refurbishment in 2013. Taking place on Saturday the 20th of September, we’ll be there running our Adanas and offering our personalised book plates, where you can have a go at composing and printing your own. Plus we’ll also be selling all our stationery products, prints and ephemera as well.
There will be all manner of typographic shenanigans taking place all day along, check out the poster below and the museum’s own site for more information.
Following on from our initial workshop experiments, we’ve just listed a number of new sessions for August. We’re sticking with the small group size as it means that everyone gets to have a go and it’s not too crowded in our little studio. There are two evening sessions during the week and two daytime sessions on the Saturdays. If you are interested in taking part or are looking for more information, check out the previous blog posts, our main site or the external booking site for availability.
The dates and times for the new sessions are:
Thursday 21st of August: 6pm – 9pm
Friday 22nd of August: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 23rd of August: 11am – 2pm
Saturday 23rd of August: 3pm – 6pm
Thursday 28th of August: 6pm – 9pm
Friday 29th of August: 6pm – 9pm
Saturday 30th of August: 11am – 2pm
Saturday 30th of August: 3pm – 6pm
In other news, we’re currently working on some new commission products with a client that we’ll hopefully be able to reveal soon, plus we’ve also recently acquired a thermographic machine. Tom’s been doing some tests with some metallic thermographic powders and the results are rather nice. Check out our Instagram feed for more insights into our printing experiments.