Working with illustrator Rob Chapman

Many of you will already be familiar with the work of artist and illustrator Rob Chapman through our Herb Garden and Farmyard greetings card collections.

Rob provides beautiful illustrations to accompany letterpress text on cards, all of which are printed in our studio on one of the vintage presses.

Rob is an illustrator who worked in gouache for many years, specialising in military illustration and educational resources. In recent years, he has turned to printmaking, initially with linocut, before discovering the intricate world of wood engraving.

 

Rob has shown in two Printmakers Council exhibitions in recent times: ‘Pushing Boundaries’ at the Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin before moving onto an Arts Centre in Ireland [citation needed]. Pushing Boundaries was a group exhibition curated by The Printmakers Council.

The second show, ‘Loosely Bound’, has been at the Hampstead Literary and Technical Institute in London before moving to The Printroom in Suffolk.

Rob has also had a piece of work accepted for the Printmakers Council Archive in Scarborough Museum and Art Gallery.

We were very lucky to showcase some of Rob’s work in the Gallery Space at the end of 2016 and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming him back in the future.

You can follow Rob’s blog at robchapmanartistprintmaker.com

The Farmyard and Herb Garden Collections are available  to buy through our etsy shop under Lino & Wood Engravings. As well as being beautiful cards to send to friends and family, they do look great framed and hanging on the wall.

Format Festival 2017 – Habitat

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We are very pleased to announce that The Smallprint Company will be a host venue for two of Format’s artists during their bi-annual event this March.

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Running from March 24th – April 23rd 2017, see the work of Farhad Berahman and Miia Autio in situ.

Join us on Saturday 25th March for an Open Day, including Meet the Artist and letterpress demonstrations.

Workshops during the festival:

  • Farhad Berahman will be running a couple of workshops from The Creative Space at The Smallprint Co. – more information coming soon.
  • Beginners Bookbinding Workshop – April 8, 2-4.30pm (ONE place left)
  • Photo Album Workshop – April 22, 2-5pm

To book a place on the bookbinding or photo album workshops email hello@smallprintcompany.co.uk or visit Eventbrite (booking fees apply)

Opening hours at The Smallprint Company during Format Festival

Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm.

 

Bookbinding workshops in The Creative Space

NEW for 2017! Beginners Bookbinding workshops

Our Beginners Bookbinding workshops are run once a month on a Saturday afternoon and are already proving popular.

I ran the first workshop last weekend with 2 artists and both students went away with their own hardback, Japanese bound book – and hopefully an insight into how to carry on with their newfound skill.

Aimed at those with little or no experience of binding, we learn how to cover a board with a paper or fabric, assemble the book and stitch with one of the basic Japanese or stab bindings.

If you would like to make a book specific to a project – photography, art or even a wedding perhaps – contact Hannah to discuss.

If you would like to learn this absorbing craft, book onto a workshop either by emailing hello@smallprintcompany.co.uk or via our Eventbrite page (booking fees apply).

Anna Johnson, Seventy Years

The Smallprint Co. is pleased to bring Seventy Years by Anna Johnson (Printmaker) to The Gallery, kickstarting our exciting exhibitions programme for 2017.

The exhibition shows self portraits by Green Door Printmaking Studio‘s Creative Director, Anna, which have been created over the last 70 years at odd moments in time, in various media.

The images are all translated into etchings using alternative techniques on different metals. They reflect fleeting moments and moods, some from long ago. Included are notes and fragments of books being read at the time, just as they were in the original sketches.

Also included in the exhibition are a series of photopolymer etchings entitled ‘Parts of Me’ that were featured in Green Door Printmaking Studio’s recent collaborative exhibition, ‘Worn’ (The Old Station Gallery). This series of etchings emphasise the effects of passing time on the artist’s skin.

Free entry.

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