Bespoke Letterpress Type & Printing for the Discerning - Artists, Film Stars, Pop Groups, Sports Personalities, the Clergy, melancholy Waitresses etc. No Hipsters.
Story of the WInklebag
In the good old days they used to sell jellied eels, cockles, whelks and winkles from barrows outside many London boozers. This lovely grub was usually dressed with vinegar and served in paper bags.
The clever winkle sellers understood the value of promotion and used local printers to produce their bags, often decorated with poems, hymns or Music Hall songs to help them stand out from their rivals.
The big boys – bulk-stationery, book and newspaper printers – looked down on these small printers and ‘winklebag printer’ became an insult. But jobbing printers provided a valuable service, producing quality material in short runs at a reasonable cost.
Just like us. Except we’re a bit more cheerful than the bloke in the picture.
STATE OF THE ART
Most print work is done on our royal blue Arab, manufactured by Josiah Wade of Halifax at the turn of the century - that's the 19th century.
We use a 1950s Farley for initial proofing and corrections, a posh folding-creasing machine, a Turner 'Multigrip' paper crimper and a couple of Adanas standing by in case of emergency.
We hold a nice selection of woodletter, metal type, decorative rules, fleurons, manicules, borders and ornaments.
The Arab - 'the finest hand-fed platen press in the World.'
We love doing workshops, either one- or two-days, and for a maximum of two people, so no use for corporate away-days or team building. (Try paintballing.)
It’s best to have an idea in mind before committing ink to paper so send a pdf or sketch a few days beforehand and we can plan how best to produce your design. It can be anything – a favourite poem or song, a card for a special event or even a poster. We’ll show you how to hand-set metal type or woodletter, how to lock up a forme ready for printing and of course, help with printing on the press itself.
It’ll be a long day - letterpress printing is a very labour-intensive process. One happy participant, after setting the type, making up with a line block of her chosen image, and finally pulling a first proof five hours later said, ‘You can see why letterpress has died out.’ But she was absolutely thrilled with the results of her labours – if you want quick, use a laser printer.