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Student Letterpress Workers

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Summer 2017 I attended the Letterpress Workers event, held in Milan. Read about it here.  This inspired me to hold a student version here in the UK – bringing students that had been involved in letterpress during their degree to come together from universities from across the UK and print together for a 3 day event.

I wanted to facilitate a support network for young and emerging artists and designers that are involved in different skill sets in the process of printmaking and in doing so, bringing together universities with previously no links.

The students were asked to bring an edition of 25 a print on the theme of ‘unrest’. With the idea to bind them together so each participant could take home a piece of everyones work.

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‘Unrest’ prints laid out on the table


The theme for the 3 days was ‘peace’. Students were put into random groups of 4 to produce a print on this theme.

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Mattson & Callum


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An all ladies team!


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Enter a caption


During the event there was a speed typesetting competition!

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Speed typesetting competition in full swing


On the first evening students were invited to give a presentation on their practice

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Elizabeths presentation


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David & Louis


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Elizabeth having a great time


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Pub lunch in the sun


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Tasha & Mattson bookbinding everyones work together


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Quiz time!


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Morning creative thinking meeting before this lot get inky!


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Finished prints from each team in the background


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Hand bound books – FINISHED!


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The team. What a great bunch! Students from CSM, Kingston, Plymouth, BCU & Anglia Ruskin


I couldn’t have asked for a more lovely, engaging & enthusiastic bunch of students to be involved in the event! Here’s to next year!

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