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Text as Image: Letterpress Course


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 30th November
10.00am - 4.00pm.
Tutor  David Armes

Spend a day creating a small set of unique prints using the ever-expanding letterpress area at LPW.

Be inspired by LPW members' response to Fluxus works from DMU's Art Collection and explore the links between graphic design, typography, concrete poetry and fine art printmaking.

Course Structure


Welcomes, introductions, overview, expectations

Explore wood type collection

Set wood type forme

Print wood type forme on A3 sheets using flatbed presses, exploring inking and interference tech-niques (with demonstration)

Early finishers - begin exploring metal type collection


Explore and set metal type

Cut down parent sheets

Print and overprint metal type using Adana presses

Diss type

Clean up

Debrief and evaluations


About the Tutor

David Armes is an artist working with print, language and geography. His work is frequently site-specific and considers how sense and experience of place can be represented. It explores the ways we describe liminal states and how landscape shapes understanding. He works primarily with letterpress printing on paper and, through using what was once an industrial process, he is interested in where the multiple meets the unique, where the ephemeral meets the archival.

David's Red Plate Press studio is based on the disputed border between West Yorkshire and Lancashire in the South Pennine hills. He travels frequently for residencies and has spent many months in the USA in the past three years working alongside contemporary letterpress practitioners, thanks to a travelling fellowship from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a grant from the Arts Council/British Council Artists’ International Development Fund. He has recently shown work in the USA, UK, Germany and Russia, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Flourish Excellence in Printmaking award.


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In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.