What is silkscreen?
Screenprinting is a sophisticated form of stencilling where the stencil is carried on a mesh, these days made of polyester, stretched tightly across a frame. It is an incredibly versatile medium as, using the correct stencil and mesh, it is possible to print on a wide variety of substrates such as paper, glass, ceramics, textiles or perspex.
What is Letterpress?
Letterpress is relief printing of text and image. It was the normal form of printing text in Europe from its invention, in Mainz, Germany, by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for newspapers, books and other forms of the written until the second half of the 20th century.
It is a process that uses a ‘type-high’ printing press and movable type, upon which a reversed, raised surface is inked and then pressed into a sheet of paper to obtain a positive right-reading image. In addition to the direct impression of inked movable type onto paper or another receptive surface, the term Letterpress can also refer to the direct impression of inked printmaking blocks such as photo-etched zinc or copper half-tone plates, linoleum blocks, wood engravings, etc.
What is Relief Printmaking?
To Relief print is to use different surfaces in order to make your image. It is quite a simple way of printmaking, you roll ink onto the surface of your design and under pressure in a press,the image is impressed onto the paper.
You can cut into Lino,Wood , engrave perspex, and make collographs.
What are the studio hours?
We are open Monday to Friday for open access.
There are classes on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. A one day class on the first Saturday of every month and a two day, weekend class on the last weekend of every month.
Session times for open access are:
10.30am-1.30pm / 2pm-5pm. Please call to book evening sessions.
Can I buy materials?
Yes , we sell a variety of papers and printmaking sundries, inks and tapes etc.