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.

 

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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!

 

BBC4 visits the studio!

The BBC4 popped by to film some shots of the presses for a show to be aired around Christmas time recently.

Railways: The Making of a Nation has a lot more to do with letterpress than you (or I) realise! Simply put, industrial centres -towns and burgeoning cities – produce something which in Derby’s case was textiles, and transported their products around the UK using the national rail network. And of course, the rail network depended upon local printers to print their administrative and marketing paperwork amongst other things. Derby being a textile town with a developing railway network had its fair share of local printers to support their empire. It’s good to know that we’re continuing a tradition… but watch the show for a more informed precis!!

 

Utopia Works: A Factory

Utopia Works                   Silk Mill, Derby                      20 May 2016

Stories of Change, Utopia Works

Due to a series of fortunate events, the guys from Bullet Creative found themselves on the doorstep of Banks Mill last month, looking for a letterpress studio. Bullet were scouting out the impressive Silk Mill out for an upcoming event when, by chance, they came across The Smallprint Company.

After a whistle-stop tour of the studio we found ourselves discussing workshops for a project funded by the AHRC and led by the University of Sheffield in conjunction with the Open University, Bullet and the Silk Mill.

And so onto Utopia Works…

Stories of Change project aims to help to revive stalled public and political conversations about energy by looking in a fresh way at its past, present and future.”

“A factory, ‘works’, of utopian thinking and making – at the site of the world’s first factory, the Silk Mill in Derby. The AHRC Connected Communities Festival 2016 takes place during the quincentenary year of Thomas More’s Utopia.”

“The Utopia Works event will comprise an Energy Hack; ‘Utopia Press’, a pamphleteering workshop; ‘Utopia Walks’, a tour of the Silk Mill archive of energy and making; and ‘Utopia Talks’, a programme of discussions on how utopia works: re-imagining the future of energy in work, rest and play.”

 

Gorm, Kathy, Renata and Julia visited us for a second time recently to enjoy a morning planning the Utopia press experience. Photos below!

 

A letterpress tale

The Smallprint Co. has been printing officially for just over 3 years. Unofficially, we’ve been printing in various guises for well over 20 years.

We love documenting our adventures, projects including Stories of Change, events and we needed a better platform for sharing our photographs on.

Let’s see how this goes… Comments welcome and enjoy!

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