The Philosophy

The resurgence of Letterpress over the last few decades has triggered a passionate respect for the craft of Typography & has reinforced its position in the visual arts. Letterpress has evolved as a natural ally to the graphic arts & identified itself as an exciting process to express ideas & an extraordinarily thorough process to examine language & typography. As an antidote to the immediate & often dispensable nature of modern technology, the slow articulation of the technical side of Letterpress allow the designer to immerse themselves in the focus of the craft & revel in the simple joys of making.

There are very few letterpress facilities remaining in the British Isles & even fewer experts to instruct. Conceived & directed by leading typographic practitioner Kelvyn Smith & letterpress maestro Alan Kitching: The New Typography Workshop is a new – hands-on – school of design & typography with letterpress at its core. It offers art directors, artists, designers, printmakers & students the opportunity to study typography & work closely with wood letter & metal type, letterpress materials & printing equipment.

The school offers a series of one & two-day classes each month as well as two intense five-day Summer Schools. Business & corporate workshops are also offered to suit the requirements of the parties concerned.