Derby Book Festival

derbybookfestival_colour_logo_smallWe’re very proud to announce that we’re partnering the Derby Book Festival this year with a programme of events related to all things bookish!

The festival, which is a little over a week long, runs throughout mid-June from June 9th – June 17th and happily coincides with the arrival of Paul Cummins’ Poppies: Weeping Window at the Silk Mill.

We kick off with two events on Saturday June 10th where you’ll find Chris at Derby’s first ever Book Fair in the Silk Mill with his trusty table top press and trademark bowler hat and I’ll be hosting a Beginners Bookmaking workshop. This workshop has already sold out but you can still book onto other sessions which are held on a regular monthly basis – check out our Eventbrite page for more details.

We’re holding two Letterpress Bookplate workshops on June 15th with the evening session also having sold out, but never fear, places are still available for the afternoon session, 1-4pm!

Saturday 17th June is the final day of the book festival, and Smallprint’s second Open Day of the year. Join us throughout the day to view Christine Stangroom’s prints entitled Footprints and Matt Edwards beautifully bound books and origami sculptures. You can also have a go at printing on our proofing press and browse our little shop.

Matt is also hosting a bookbinding workshop during the latter part of the day, which we’re thrilled about and is a fantastic opportunity to learn simple case binding with. Matt will be teaching the basics of a simple, single section case binding technique and attendees can expect to take away a beautifully bound hard backed book for their collection.

When he’s not Curator for Visual Art and the Joseph Wright Study Centre at Derby’s Museum and Art Gallery, Matt is a Conservation, Restoration and Artist’s Book Maker. Examples of Matt’s work can be seen on his blog and he can often be found over on Twitter @MattBookbinding.

We hope to see you during this absolutely fabulously bookish week!

 

 

 

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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.

Mail Art Project

We have a call out for a new Mail Art project with a nice long deadline (so don’t panic!).

Based upon the new dictionary definition ‘post-truth’, we shall be exhibiting the results in our gallery space in October 2017.

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression chosen to reflect the passing year in language.

 Post-truth has been nominated as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016 and is an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. 

[ref: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016]

Full details can be found here and we look forward to receiving your contributions!

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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The Gallery

 

We’re looking forward to announcing a full schedule of exhibitions to run throughout 2017 in The Gallery, following on from Rob Chapman’s Wood Engravings.

The intention of The Gallery is to show printed works but other mediums will be considered. If you would like to be considered for a show at The Gallery in 2017, email Hannah for more information or complete the form below and we’ll get back to you with more information.

 

Smallprint’s Open Day

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To celebrate our new space and welcome friends old and new, join us for an Open Day

Saturday 29th October 2016 at Friary Street, DE1 1JF

RSVPs are recommended and free tickets can be found over on our Eventbrite page at http://bit.ly/TSCOD

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The Smallprint Company has moved premises from a small incubation unit hosted by the University of Derby to our very own independent space.

Alongside our regular services of commissions, workshops and paper goods, you will find a dedicated exhibition space, shop and more workshop space than ever before, as well as being able to house our ever growing collection of vintage presses and moveable type.

Clients can discuss their commission in a comfortable space with Hannah and Chris and The Workshop is available to hire for meetings and creative activities. The gallery space is also perfect for showcasing a wide range of print practitioner’s work. Currently showing is Wood Engravings by Rob Chapman, a beautiful collection of intricate wood engravings based upon his walks around his countryside home.

You will also find a range of new stockists to complement The Smallprint Company’s range of paper goods. Alongside our popular ranges of cards, gift tags and prints, you will find hand printed gift wrap, prints and other unique giftware by talented craftspeople.

Find us conveniently located to the rear of Friar Gate, on Friary Street, in the centre of Derby.

 

New beginnings

We’ve been working so hard over the last few weeks and we can finally see an end in sight! Hooray!!!

We must say that the work could not have been achieved in the time that it has, without the help of some very generous friends and family, donating their time to splash paint on the walls…

Today my Dad came to the studio to hang some rather special wood engravings for our very first exhibition at Friary Villas and they look simply stunning.

We’ll be announcing an official launch open day in the next few days, so watch this space!