Bloomfield out-and-about: Small Town Ink print day, Leeds

Just in from a great afternoon at the Small Town Ink print day at Leeds University, and writing an uncharacteristically prompt blog post while I have half an hour to spare.

It was aimed at students, designers and creatives who lack knowledge of real old fashioned print processes. There was an emphasis on letterpress with workshops where you could make your own print on some large galley proofing presses and small Adana-style presses (Richard Lawrence made derisory comments about the Adana, but the name of his press made of 'proper metal' escapes me*).

Both Print Project and Richard Lawrence  (print engineer "My kicks is getting ink to stick to paper") gave informative talks and had their presses set up for everyone to have a go. They were both a mine of information and it was great fun, I got my hands nice and dirty.  (A great warm up for the Letterpress course Rolfe and I are booked on next month!!).

There were also some tempting prints and zines for sale and I easily disposed of my designated £20. 

Richard Lawrence showing off a  precious Thom Yorke special edition sleeve he printed... only one was ever distributed to some lucky so-and-so who has remained anonymous.

Richard Lawrence showing off a  precious Thom Yorke special edition sleeve he printed... only one was ever distributed to some lucky so-and-so who has remained anonymous.

My first print.... which was, incidentally, nicked by someone when I left it to dry (students, bah). 2nd go wasn't as gloriously bright.

My first print.... which was, incidentally, nicked by someone when I left it to dry (students, bah). 2nd go wasn't as gloriously bright.

on the 'non'-Adana

on the 'non'-Adana

The actual Adana

The actual Adana

Nick from the Print Project

Nick from the Print Project

Richard Lawrence with an Artists book he printed

Richard Lawrence with an Artists book he printed

Lino and wooden type combo

Lino and wooden type combo

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* I've since worked out it was a Sigwalt.