Vandercook Workshop with Clint Harvey

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A Letterpress Workshop with Clint Harvey of The Bacon Factory, Brisbane Australia.

Two one-day workshops: Friday 14th or Sunday 16th Feb.

In this one-day workshop, participants will be introduced to creative letterpress printing on the Vandercook cylinder press—the staple of book arts centres around the world and the ideal press for producing excellent quality prints and posters with a minimum of fuss and training.

Participants will have the opportunity to create their own unique letterpress print by incorporating wood and metal types and additional cuts and woodblocks from the centre's archive of historic material.
Participants will discover new ways to create letterpress compositions using woodcuts, laser cut blocks, and non-traditional materials.

The workshop will be a very hands on process with participants producing a selection of experimental prints. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from an international artist and expert. Those who attend will be then qualified to book press time during our open studio hours for personal projects. Information on the Vandercook here:

We believe in learning by doing- your class time will be spent setting wood type, mixing ink, printing from photopolymer plates and running the presses. Everyone will leave with samples of their printed work. This workshop is the perfect place to start if you would like to gain the skills to print your own letterpress projects.

Things you need for the class—imagination and a sense of humour along with some good old kiwi slang.

Venue: WCBA, Wellington Centre for Book Arts, Woolstore Building, 262 Thorndon Quay, Wellington
Time: Friday 14th February 9.30am – 4.00pm
Cost: $140 (less 10% for members). Places are limited and can only be confirmed by payment.
Enrolments to: [masked]

All materials supplied. An apron is useful.

New Zealand born Clint Harvey is a letterpress printer, designer and design educator who preserves anecdotal and technical knowledge of printing history and culture. Former owner of Design College Australia and founder of The Bacon Factory. Clint is a practicing graphic designer, typographer with 25+ years experience in design education. With a love interest in all things typographic The Bacon Factory is Brisbane's only open access letterpress and typographic studio offering hands on workshops and studio hire.

Clint serves as a sessional lecturer at The Queensland College of Art in Brisbane Australia and holds an BA in Graphic Design from the QCA. His research explores the use of letterpress within Trans-tasman communities through time and how the letterpress printing process will survive through educating others in the craft.

In 2010 he established The Bacon Factory as a letterpress type shop and developed letterpress courses as part of the Visual Communication Design curriculum at Design College Australia. He studies letterpress through practical application and the shared knowledge of master printers in his network of colleagues such as Alan Kitching of the UK and Jim Sheridan formally of Hatch Show Print in Nashville Tennessee.

Clint disseminates his research through public and educational engagement and has given presentations at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Australian Print Symposium at the National Gallery of Australia and numerous typography conferences and events worldwide.