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Platen Press Workshop

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Platen Press Workshop


The Printing Museum will shortly be opening the first Book Arts Centre in the Southern Hemisphere in central Wellington. The centre will feature a printery, composing room and the bindery from the Parliamentary Library. The inaugural series of letterpress classes will be taught by international letterpress teacher and award-winning printer Graham Judd. Additional classes include a two day Heidelberg Masterclass and shorter introductory classes on tabletops. Open studios and regular events including classes on bookbinding, lettering and calligraphy will follow.

This one day workshop will teach you the basics of letterpress and how to print on a platen press. Platen presses have a clamshell action and can be operated by hand, foot or electric motor. They range from large floor models for professional use to tiny ones for printing business or visiting cards. Two different types of floor treadle will be used, an Arab and a Diadem, along with several tabletop platen presses. For those who want their own, the museum has some presses available for sale.


9.30am - 12.30pm Handset and print type in a creative way. Jumping straight in, participants will draw on an eclectic collection of lead and wood type and ornaments, to design and print a page of a type catalogue.

1.00pm - 4.00pm Letterpress Postcard Participants will design and produce a set of personal cards with their own choice of subject. This is an opportunity to create your own; choose a quote from a book, a favourite poem or for inspiration.

If time permits we will compose and print a group poster on an Albion Press. The workshops are run by Graham Judd, owner of GTO Printers, and qualified letterpress machinist, with help from other trained letterpress printers.

Venue: WCBA, Wellington Centre for Book Arts, Woolstore Building, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington

Time: 9.30am-4pm Fri 29th Nov, 2019.

Cost: $140 (less 10% for members). Places are limited and can only be confirmed by payment.

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262 Thorndon Quay · Wellington