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Student Letterpress Workers 2019

Last week saw the 2nd annual Student Letterpress Workers co hosted with the fabulous Liz Fraser  (@frauhaus1).

Over the course of 3 days, Birmingham City University hosted a letterpress printing networking event. 15 Students representing 6 universities (Solent, Anglia Ruskin, Central St Martins, Brighton, Plymouth & BCU) came together to collaboratively print posters in response to the quote “Freedom of the press is guaranteed to those who own one” (A.J.Liebling). These students have all worked with the letterpress medium during their time at university. There were 4 presses and the students worked in groups of 3 or 4. Each day working with a different group of people on a new poster design. Students were encouraged to think about their own voice – what did they want to say, what did they want people to hear & what needs to be heard that isn’t being said in the media.

Food glorious food!


Presentation time!


A visit to Winterbourne Press


Trevor – our super guide at Winterbourne Press


Book Binding our ‘Moon landing’prints together


The students were also asked to bring with them a print in an edition of 20 based on ’50 years since the moon landing?’ Below are the prints they produced. These were then all bound together into a book format, one for each participant to take home with them.

The group!


This event is hosted as a way of introducing students to networking. They say it’s not what you know, it’s who you know – there are so many opportunities that come about through getting to know people at events, so I wanted to use letterpress printing as a way of breaking down barriers as an introduction to networking.

To anyone that attended reading this – Thank you for all be so fabulous, your enthusiasm, your creativity and your talent – it blew me away!

The culmination of prints produced at Student Letterpress Workers 2019


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