St Bride Foundation opened its workshop in 2010 on the site of the Foundation’s former gymnasium, offering hands-on training in traditional printing and engraving techniques, as well as evening classes, print history courses and summer schools.
Our courses are suitable for any interested party, be they beginners or experienced printers, with a range of workshops and academic sessions tailored to each. Whether it’s mastering letterpress or learning about print’s past and future, we have the perfect programme to help you develop your skills.
One Day Adana/Letterpress
This one day course is for the new or aspiring letterpress printer who is looking to set up a simple home studio using the popular Adana platen press.
Wood Engraving (Relief Print) Taster Day
You will be introduced to the process of wood engraving from preliminary drawings and design; transferring drawings to blocks; cutting blocks; choosing papers and proofing to printing a small limited edition of black and white prints.
One Day Introduction to Bookbinding Course
This short course, aimed at beginners, will introduce students to the basic skills involved in creating a multi signature book. Students will use a range of materials and will sew, trim and glue their own books.
Wood Engraving (Relief Printing) Tutorial Evening
It is an opportunity to bring blocks you are working on for individual technical and tutorial support to help with designing/cutting blocks, sharpening tools and printing. You will be able to use St Bride Presses, inks, paper with some tools available but as wood engravers it is expected that you will bring your own type high blocks, tools and (if editioning rather than proofing) your own specialist papers.