Letterpress workshops

Friday 7 November 2014

This week I spent two wonderful days teaching typesetting and letterpress printing to undergraduate and masters students at the department of Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading. The photos shown here were taken during the workshop by Juan Bruce, one of the Masters in Type Design students.

Reading has a fantastic collection of metal and wooden type. The smaller sizes are kept in typecases which line the corridors but the large wooden letters sit in racks that cover the walls.

To make the most of the material available I asked the Masters in Type Design students to work at a range of sizes from 10pt-72pt, and to come up with a specification for typesetting a short, multi-line piece of text such as a Haiku or short poem.

During the workshop the students learnt how to set their text in a composing stick...

Movable metal type set in a composing stick

...and how to lock it securely into a chase...

The type locked into a chase Italic type locked into a chase

...before printing it on an Adana 8x5, a beautiful Albion press or a proofing press, depending on the size of type they were using.

One student's printing
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