Day One: Parts, Maintenance, Lock-Up and Printing: Angie & Si Butler
Set Up and Press Care
Printing with Type and Blocks
Day Two: Printing, Techniques and Trouble-shooting : Angie Butler
Printing with plates and Lino
Hearing about the history of the Adana press was also really enjoyable. I didn’t realise how widely the were used by organisations like Schools, Church Halls and small businesses. I suppose it makes perfect sense – a cheap way for them to print leaflets, business cards, stationery etc. rather than pay a print company.
We were shown a selection of work produced on the Adana.
It wasn’t until I came to print myself that I really appreciated the skill and patience it took to make this print on the box of matches!
On Day 2 we got to print and I chose a line from an E.E. Cummings poem. Before I even started composing the text Angie guessed right “something about birds” 🙂 I chose grey card and a lovely grey ink. I thought I’d written the colour of the ink down somewhere but I can’t find it now. The typeface is Univers Medium 24.
At the end of the course along with our certificates we were presented with a Printcraft Magazine each. Mine is from March 1955. I just love reading these old magazines. In this one I particularly enjoyed the letters page – the story of the shy printer from Birmingham who proposed by composing a card on his Adana.
Angie and Si were great tutors and perfectly complimented each other in their individual areas of knowledge about the press and letterpress printing. Also – a really lovely bunch of people on the course and a presentation of lovely letterpress work from the very talented Mog Fry I think I’ve already droned on long enough and I hate long rambling blog posts – so I am going to have to leave it here and do a separate blog post about Mog and the work produced by other people on the course 🙂
But! Before I go – if you haven’t tried one yet I would throroughly recommend the CPD Courses at the CFPR Bristol. I should know I’ve been doing them since 2006 🙂 and there’s the running joke that they are running out of courses for me to do. Apart from learning a new skill its lovely to meet other artists, share ideas and tips and find new ways of working. Then there’s the really great facilites at UWE and of course the very knowledgeable and helfpful tutors. Its also great, if like me your day job is not connected to art (I work in IT Support) – its a really good way to keep connected and keep me sane 🙂