The Big Steam Print

Events & Competitions, Interactive Events

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As letterpress printers, we’re naturally very keen on big lumps of cast iron and silghtly impractical methodologies, so when we found out that Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft were organising an event to print using a 12.5 tonne vintage steamroller we had to get involved!

The event is being funded via Art Happens and needs your support to make it happen. Donations have some great rewards including prints by Anthony Burrill, a Big Steam Print tote bag by Lucky Budgie. A limited edition gold letterpress print by Thomas Mayo or the chance to make your own print and sit on the steamroller to print it.

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The print days are scheduled to go ahead at the end of March and into June. We’ll be attending the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of April at the London Transport Museum, Acton Depot. The other dates are as follows:

28 March – Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre (museum entrance fees apply)

23/24 April – London Transport Museum, Acton depot open weekend (museum entrance fees apply)

22 May, 12-5pm – Brighton on the Level, as part of Brighton Festival, free

18 June, 12-5pm – Ditchling Village Fair, free

We’ve already ordered our giant bit of lino and are sharpening our tools, ready to make the first cuts. There’ll be a long list of other letterpress printers, designers and students from schools, colleges and Universities who’ll be taking part as well.

So if you have a keen interest in letterpress, vintage cast iron machinery, vast pieces of lino and trouser-worryingly high amounts of pressure then do please head over to the crowdfunding page and help make this happen!