Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Mr. Smith’s Letterpress Workshop

Just before Christmas, we took a wander down to Portobello Dock where Tom Dixon (furniture and lighting designer and ex Habitat Head of Design) was hosting ‘The Dock Christmas’ - a mini food and design market. It was here that we were introduced to Mr. Smith and his Letterpress workshop.

Letterpress printing, where a reversed, raised surface is inked before pressing it on to paper, was widely used for printing books and other media during the 15th - 19th centuries. Today, you’re more likely to see the individual letter stamps at antique markets or fairs, sold for all manner of uses - we think they make for wonderful home décor when not in use.

Mr. Smith dedicates his time to this craft of yesteryear by running print workshops that use the original letterpress methods. If you’d like to try your hand at the craft, email: mrsmith@letterpress-workshop.com or call +44 (0)78 6625 8171 to book a spot at the next workshop.

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