Letterpress on Board and Open Studios

Ditchling Museum, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, Letterpress On Board, open studios

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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.

Cockpit 30

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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

Letterpress On Board!

Blog, Ditchling Museum, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, Letterpress On Board

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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.

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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

More Workshops, Crafty Fox and the London Design Festival

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, London Design Festival, Workshops

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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.

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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)

Summer Workshops and Events

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, London Design Festival, Workshops

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.

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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!

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Follow up from Manmade & a New Website

Crafty Fox, Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, manmade

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.

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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.

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(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.

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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!

More Summer Workshop Sessions

Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, printing equipment, Work in Progress, Workshops

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.

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Letterpress Workshop Sessions

Events & Competitions, Workshops

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Some of you may have taken a flyer from our stand at Pick Me Up or our recent Open Studios, or spotted the new section on our main website, but we can now properly announce that we will be running our first series of workshops in just a couple of weeks!

Over the years we have done a number of live demonstrations and one-off interactive events with our letterpress equipment, but we’ve frequently received requests for actual sessions in our studio. So next month we are starting to run some small workshops on evenings and weekends.

These first sessions will function primarily as an introduction to letterpress; its history, the essential principles and the basic techniques. We will then explain and demonstrate the workings of an Adana hand press and then produce a small project with the group using the Adana presses themselves.

The workshops will only be for up to three people at a time, as that is the maximum we can reasonably work with in our studio, and aimed at the complete novice. So whether you’re a graphic designer who wants to get their hands dirty, or someone who has never done anything print-related before but is interested in learning about letterpress, we’re happy to accommodate you.

These will not be open access workshops in which you are free to work on your own projects, so if you are more experienced with letterpress printing then these session may be too basic for you. However, if these introductory sessions are popular then we may start running more advanced sessions in the future.

Initially these will be taking place in our London studio in Cockpit Arts Holborn but we may also start running them in our Bognor Regis workshop too.

If this all sounds very exciting, then there is some more information on our main site plus the link to our external booking site where the first sessions are now available. If you have any queries then please don’t hesitate to contact us directly.

Workshop Session 1 – Thursday 17th of July, 6pm – 9pm

Workshop Session 2 – Friday 18th of July, 6pm – 9pm

Workshop Session 3 – Saturday 19th of July, 11am – 2pm

Workshop Session 4 – Saturday 19th of July, 3pm – 6pm

 

SORT at Pick Me Up 2014 – Now Open!

Events & Competitions, Interactive Events, New Products, Pick Me Up 2014

Ladies and gents, boys and girls; we are now up and running at this year’s Pick Me Up festival at Somerset House! Starting today and running until the 5th of May, we are there along with a host of graphic artists, illustrators, designers, collectives and many more, plus there are daily events, workshops talks and special guests.

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As I may have mentioned, at our stand we are collaborating with Ms. Catherine McGinniss to offer the public the chance to have a go at both printing and bookbinding, in the form of cover labels and ex libris bookplates from us and stab-bound notebooks from Ms. McGinniss.

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Our full ranges of products are also available along with our newly released Flip Top Notepads and our new style of overprinted, woodblock greetings cards.

So come on down and visit us to have a go and see some new things too!

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Pick Me Up 2014

24 April – 5 May 2014
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00, late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10, concessions £8

Somerset House
Strand
London
WC2R 1LA

 

Preparations for Pick Me Up

Events & Competitions, Pick Me Up 2014, Work in Progress

We’re still putting the finishing touches to our combined display area at Somerset House for this year’s Pick Me Up festival. The stand is built, the wallpaper is up, the Adana is in position and Catherine’s display area is also shaping up nicely too.

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Once the event starts this Thursday the 24th, anyone who visits our stand will be have not one but two thrilling interactive opportunities! From SORT ; you’ll be able to print your own personalised cover label or ex libris bookplate on one of our vintage Adana 8x 5. We’ll have a wide selection to choose from and you’ll be able to compose the type and pull the print yourself.

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Ms. McGinniss will have a brand new range of her hand screen printed notebooks which you can purchase and have a go at binding yourself. For more images of them check out her latest blog post.

Speaking of brand new products; we’ll also be launching a veritable cavalcade of new designs at the event plus some other thrilling developments.

Only two days to go now!

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SORT at Pick Me Up 2014

Events & Competitions, Pick Me Up 2014, Work in Progress

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Ladies and gents; we are pleased to announce that we will be taking part in this year’s Pick Me Up festival in Somerset House from the 24th of April to the 5th of May. The festival itself is a celebration of graphic art and design and has a huge range of affordable art, interactive events, showcases, late nights and general shenanigans.
For our space we’ll be teaming up with illustrator and printmaker Catherine McGinniss. She has collaborated with us a number of times over the years and we felt this would be a great opportunity for us to join forces to further promote the wonders of print! In our space we’ll be offering a double-whammy of interactivity by giving the public the chance to print your own personalised ex libris bookplate and then have a go at binding your own notebook too.

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We’ll also be launching several new products at the event, plus Catherine’s full range of hand-made items will be available as well. We’ll be posting more information and pictures over the coming weeks but if you want to know more then just send us an email or check out the official Pick Me Up page.

Pick Me Up 2014

24 April – 5 May 2014
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00, late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10, concessions £8
Early Bird Festival Pass £14.00 (until 31 March), normal price £17.50