At Making Uncovered, Rachel Stanners of Prickle Press will show how a hand-operated letterpress works, show the equipment used, and how to ink up, set type and print using this traditional technique. Letterpress is an old, tactile craft that requires time and focus to produce a beautiful impression!
Tell us a bit about your work.
Prickle Press is a design and letterpress business based in Brixton specialising in handprinted stationery: greetings cards, prints, calendars as well as personalised stationery and wedding invitations. Every design is carefully hand drawn and designed by myself and then handprinted on a one-hundred-year-old Chandler & Price letterpress.
Each each piece of card is fed through the press, piled and packaged by hand. The finished product is well worth the hard work and elbow-grease: a luxurious card with ornate designs impressed on the surface.
Why are you taking part in Making Uncovered?
I am taking part because I am passionate about sharing letterpress with the public, giving children and adults alike the opportunity to learn about this old craft.
Also, I took part last year and I loved the atmosphere of the event – being surrounded by so many talented makers producing beautiful works and meeting the public. It was an incredibly positive experience for me and I made some excellent contacts.
What will you be doing at Making Uncovered?
At Making Uncovered I will be giving people the opportunity to typeset and print their own postcard. They can chose from various sets of type I have or pick out already set words and phrases which they can turn into their own personal message. We will set it up on the press and they can print it themselves.
The idea this year is to maybe think about someone you know and send them a little card to say hi or wish them well. Envelopes and stamps will be provided too!
Prickle Press will be offering drop-in printing sessions at 11.30am-1.30pm and 3.30-5pm. No booking needed – just turn up. Cost: £2 -£5 per card, depending on your message.