5 week Introduction to Letterpress and the Vandercook


Csilla Biro

Monday 20 June – 18 July 2022


In this five week course we will go through the processes of simple typesetting, planning layouts and printing on the rare Vandercook 232P press together.  Our 21st Century Hero Machine!  Letterpress printing is a slow but extremely rewarding process. With this in mind, this absorbing course will provide a relaxing, mindful environment where students will have a chance to discover the hidden fonts at Spike Print Studio’s letterpress corner, and will work together on planning, printing and assembling a small edition of letterpress printed pamphlets in two colours with images and text in the spirit of antique chapbooks.

The course is suitable for beginners, providing tips on how to start your letterpress journey safely, operating and cleaning a Vandercook press, handling metal type, troubleshooting, and printing images either from linocuts or photopolymer plates to explore the potential of letterpress printing, applied to students’ own practices wherever possible.


Spaces available