The St Botolph’s Letterpress project was established in January 2014, with the aim of creating a community access letterpress studio in Colchester. Beginning with a donated Cropper & Charlton ‘Acme’ press, the early stages of the project involved cleaning, sorting and restoring the various elements of this disused jobbing print studio, which had been neglected for 30-odd years.
A regular programme of talks, events, exhibitions and film screenings has enabled the project to grow, creating links with local experts and enthusiasts, who have been willing to donate their time, expertise, and essential equipment to help us on our way.
The first phase of the project is drawing to close, and now we’re starting on the fun stuff – printing. Our membership scheme is still in the early stages, but visitors, volunteers and enquiries are always welcome. If you’d like to give us a hand, or just want to find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
IMPRESS 2015 will be launching at The Waiting Room on Thursday 21st May. Instead of our normal letterpress takeover format with a guest speaker, this will be a chance to get a proper look at the prints we have on show, with many available to purchase. The bar will be open, and the Good Souls Bakery will be opening late to provide teas, coffees, cakes and other goodies.
Running from 21st May to 28th June, IMPRESS is our annual exhibition celebrating local letterpress printers. All work is produced during the past 12 months, by printers based in Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and East London. Thursdays and Sundays will be the best days to visit, and there’s more information here.
After our excellent print open day last November, we’ve decided to celebrate IMPRESS by inviting some local printers into the main space at the Waiting Room to spend the day producing prints, giving demonstrations and holding small workshops. Join us on Sunday 21st June between 11am and 4pm and get ready to get inky! Click here for more details.